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So Far, Dillard Odd Man Out on Pension Deal Reaction

State senator calls for more details as rivals stake out positions

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    Retirees who worked for the state for decades try to stop lawmakers from approving a deal, they fear will seriously cut their monthly income. Mary Ann Ahern reports.

    Everyone seemingly has an opinion about the proposed pension deal struck in Springfield.

    Everyone, that is, except Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard.

    Fellow Republican candidates Bill Brady, Bruce Rauner and Dan Rutherford have all come down on one side or the other, as has Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk and others.

    State Senator Bill Brady was first out of the gate, saying late last week he would support the plan.

    Almost immediately, Bruce Rauner came out swinging against the bill, saying it didn't go far enough and was crafted out of the public eye.

    On Monday, Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford added his name to the minus side, citing potential constitutional conflicts.

    For his part, Hinsdale Republican Dillard says he needs more time to study the bill before deciding. He did, however, call for more details and suggest the legislature needed more than one day to consider the plan.

    Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has said there’s not enough savings in the bill, and agrees with Dillard that more time is needed to understand what’s on the table.

    Current governor and Democrat Pat Quinn, of course, wants the bill passed for a number of political reasons.

    Legislative leaders announced last week they had reached agreement on a plan that would save $160 billion over 30 years.