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Quinn: Pension Problem Is Illinois' 'Fiscal Cliff'

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    Gov. Pat Quinn says the pension crisis is Illinois' own fiscal cliff.

     

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    He's set a Jan. 9 deadline to overhaul the pension system, which is underfunded by an estimated $96 billion. On that day, new lawmakers will be sworn in after a lame duck session in Springfield.

     

    Quinn has spent much of this year talking about reforming the pension system and proposed rough ideas to address it. He also launched a social media campaign to rally the public.

     

    But he's has faced criticism for not being aggressive enough or fully backing a singular plan.

     

    Last week, lawmakers frustrated by inaction came up with their own proposal on pensions. Quinn calls it "intriguing" and a start.