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Quinn Calls Lawmakers to Special Session

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    Governor Pat Quinn excersized his authority, Monday. 

    Quinn called lawmakers to a special, one-day session so that they would have to deal with the state's pension crisis on August 17. Once the lawmakers get to Springfield, their marching orders are less clear. 

    Quinn basically wants lawmakers to deal with the same proposals that failed to gain traction during the last session.

    From AP: 

    He says lawmakers already have legislation on the table that they should consider. That includes a measure pushed by Senate President John Cullerton that addresses two of the state's five pension systems.

    Quinn says that's a good start, but he wants a comprehensive deal including a plan that makes suburban Chicago and downstate school districts pay their own pension costs, which the state currently picks up.
     
    Legislative leaders have been deadlocked over how to address the state's $83 billion in unfunded liability.
     
    Republicans have disagreed with shifting costs to school