Illinois settles SEC fraud charge over pensions


Springfield, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois is settling a federal securities-fraud charge that it misled investors about the health of its pension system.


Gov. Pat Quinn's office agreed Monday to a cease-and-desist order in the Securities and Exchange Commission case. The SEC said in a news release that Illinois admitted no wrongdoing but has made more complete disclosures since 2009.


The case revolved around more than $2 billion of municipal bonds sold from 2005 to early 2009 to pay state obligations to public-employee pension programs.


The SEC charged that the state did not adequately inform investors that a 50-year funding plan adopted in 1995 did not adequately cover pension liabilities.


The five pensions systems are now $97 billion in debt and a solution is lawmakers' top priority.






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