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Quinn Preps For Busy Week in Springfield

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    Gov. Pat Quinn marches in a Memorial Day parade in Park Ridge.

    Ahead of a busy week in Springfield, Gov. Pat Quinn marched Monday in the Park Ridge Memorial Day Parade and headed off to Wrigley Field to continue honoring veterans.

    From there he goes to the state capital to try and convince lawmakers they must find a way to reform both Medicaid and the state pension system.

    Memorial Day Parade Honors Fallen Heroes

    [CHI] Memorial Day Parade Honors Fallen Heroes
    Before the Parade march began, CIA Director David Petraeus, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Gov. Pat Quinn joined to in Daley Plaza for a ceremony to recognize the names fallen service men along with their families. Michelle Relerford reports.

    The process started Thursday when Illinois lawmakers agreed to fulfill one of the governor's requests to fix Medicaid. The House voted to cut $1.6 billion from the program, putting thousands of Illinois poor in jeopardy of losing health coverage.

    Will legislators give Quinn the rest of what he wants? That's a question he wants answered as soon as possible. 

    Quinn Proposes Raising Retirement Age to 67

    [CHI] Quinn Proposes Raising Retirement Age to 67
    Quinn's plan to help solve a soaring state debt as pension costs continue to rise includes delaying the cost-of-living adjustment to age 67 or five years after retirement, and raising the retirement age to 67, the latter of which will "be phased in over several years."

    Quinn last month proposed raising the state retirement age to help fix staggering pension problems in the state. On Friday Speaker of the Illinois House Michael Madigan claimed it would be unconstitutional to force current state employees to work to age 67 before collecting full retirement benefits.

    During Monday's parade, Quinn pointed to renewed talks of expanding gambling in the state as a distraction for lawmakers.