WJBD Radio


Now Playing

Local News

WJBD - Local News

Quinn: Pension Problem Is 'Extreme Emergency'

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is disputing a fellow top Democrat's statements that Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension shortfall isn't a crisis.

Senate President John Cullerton has said that the pension shortfall is not an imminent crisis, but that finding a solution can keep the state's income taxes down.   Quinn told reporters Tuesday that solving the pension crisis is a matter of "extreme emergency." He says there's opportunity to solve the problem in the next few weeks. Lawmakers returned to the Capitol Tuesday. 

A bipartisan committee working on reform is split over a pension plan that saves $138 billion over 30 years.

Quinn says he's focused on pensions and declined to address the scheduled expiration of the temporary income tax in 2015 and what it could do to the state's budget. 

See other LocalNews news:

Cities, Counties Struggle During Illinois Budget Mess
Police Beat for Monday, October 30th, 2015
Centralia Orphan Fans Make Big Donation to Seth Lange's Toy Drive
Salem Celebrates Christmas in My Hometown Friday Evening
One Injured in Fire That Destroyed Junction City Home Sunday Afternoon

Loyal Listener Club

Club Login

Follow Us At

This Site logo