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posted: 6/6/2012 1:54 PM

Illinois officials disagree on pension reform approach

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Associated Press

Top Illinois lawmakers left a meeting on pension reform divided over what approach to take.

Lawmakers were close to agreement last week, but that was derailed shortly before the end of the legislative session.

The biggest dispute is over whether to make downstate and suburban Chicago schools take over the cost of employee pensions. Illinois pays those expenses now.

Senate President John Cullerton, Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Minority Leader Tom Cross want to pass measures where there's already broad agreement and keep negotiating the others.

But Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants a complete overhaul, and House Speaker Mike Madigan says any pension reform should address the schools issue.

They'll meet again later this month.

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