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Pension Bill's House Sponsor Says She's Discouraged

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The sponsor of a bill to address Illinois' pension problem says she isn't confident there will be a vote on the provision. Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz emerged from a meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday and said she's "very discouraged."

Nekritz says she'll continue working to get votes. But she says it's very difficult to ask lawmakers to vote for a measure that takes away the pension benefits the state promised to workers. A House committee approved a proposal calling for more employee contributions and freezing cost-of-living increases.

Nekritz says she went into the meeting with Quinn to talk about a possible vote on her legislation by the full Illinois House. Quinn has previously voiced support for Nekritz's bill, but Tuesday he wouldn't repeat that support. However he did reiterate that something needs to be done. The governor held a news conference Tuesday to urge senators to reach a compromise on pensions when they reconvene at 3 p.m.

Tuesday is the final full day of the lame-duck session.

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