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Illinois House resumes work Wednesday

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Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois House returns to work as the General Assembly gears up for a spring session that promises a continuing struggle over how to close a $96 billion funding gap in the state's public-employee pension system.

House members will be in session Wednesday and Thursday. Their Senate counterparts return next week and both houses will meet in joint session Feb. 6 for Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State address.

Lawmakers were last in Springfield on Jan. 9 for the inauguration of the 98th General Assembly and met briefly the following day.

That meeting followed a furious but disappointing six days closing the last session. Lame-duck lawmakers failed to ink a deal to remedy years of pension underfunding and reduce the multibillion-dollar annual payment to retirement programs.

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