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Unions blast pension overhaul

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Springfield (AP) -- A coalition of unions opposed to a pension overhaul say it's a dark day for Illinois citizens and public servants.

The We Are One Illinois group said in a Tuesday statement that teachers, caregivers and police stand to lose potions of their life savings. The coalition says it has no choice but to challenge the bill's constitutionality.

The House and Senate approved a pension reform package Tuesday that's estimated to save roughly $160 billion over thirty years.

Proponents say the time to act is now as the state's roughly $100 billion pension problem sucks up spending from other areas like education.

Still, the union coalition blasts the proposal calling it a "pension-cutting" bill.

The group says it represents 1 million public employees.

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