Chicago - The bipartisan committee of
lawmakers tasked with fixing Illinois'
$97 billion pension crisis will hold its first meeting next week.
The committee has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday morning downtown Chicago.
Gov. Pat Quinn called lawmakers back to Springfield for a special legislative session
to address the pension shortfall.
But the House and Senate remained in a stalemate on how fix the problem.
Lawmakers voted Wednesday to form the conference committee in hopes its 10
members will be able to come up with a compromise.
Legislative leaders appointed six Democrats and four Republicans to the
Quinn wants them to report back July 9.
has the nation's worst state pension shortfall, due largely to lawmakers
skipping or shorting its payments to public-employee retirement funds.
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