Chicago -- Gov. Pat Quinn says the outline of a
pension reform proposal from a bipartisan panel is "positive indeed."
However, the Chicago
Democrat was less clear about whether he's fully behind it or not, saying he
wants to see final details.
He told reporters Sunday
after an unrelated event that the panel tasked with coming up with a way to
address the state's nearly $100 billion pension problem has made progress.
Pensions have been
Quinn's top issue. He recently halted lawmakers' pay after lawmakers missed
another one of his deadlines to solve the issue.
The pension committee is
considering a plan that would, among other things, end automatic 3 percent
cost-of-living increases for retirees. Increases would instead be linked to the
rate of inflation.
Committee members say
the details are preliminary.
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