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Pension Panel Asks Quinn to Testify

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Members of a bi-partisan panel charged with coming up with a solution to Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis have formally invited Gov. Pat Quinn to testify before the committee Monday in Springfield.

The group was formed last month since lawmakers remained at odds over two reform plans. The committee held two public hearings in Chicago.

Committee chairman state Sen. Kwame Raoul sent Quinn a letter dated Friday. In the letter, which The Associated Press obtained Sunday, Raoul says the committee has been working well together and members appreciate details they've received from Quinn's budget office.

There was no hint in the letter of tensions between Quinn and the committee.

Quinn gave the panel a Tuesday deadline to come up with a fix. Committee members say that's arbitrary and irresponsible.

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