Dems say pension-focused Ill. budget not all gloom

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by JOHN O'CONONR

Associated Press

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 1:58 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers expect Gov. Pat Quinn to focus on the pension crisis when he lays out his state spending proposal Wednesday. But a prominent House Democrat points out there is good news too.

The Democratic governor will lay out on Wednesday his blueprint for the fiscal year that begins July 1. He has said it will be "difficult" because so much money must be dedicated to catching up with a $97 billion pension deficit.  His office already predicts a $400 million cut in education.

Rep. Frank Mautino, a Spring Valley Democrat, says revenue should increase by more than $1 billion because of increased tax receipts. He says that will help.

Republican Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine wants to hear Quinn take charge of the pension debate.
 

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