GOP, Dems now face pension vote fallout in 2014

GOP, Dems now face pension vote fallout in 2014

GOP, Dems now face pension vote fallout in 2014

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by KERRY LESTER / Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on December 8, 2013 at 9:44 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Legislature's watershed vote to approve a $160 billion pension reform plan offered some surprises this week.

Far fewer GOP lawmakers than expected supported the plan despite pension reform being a party priority for years. Only 15 of 47 House Republicans voted for the plan, as did 10 of 19 Senate GOP members.

Many said the plan didn't cut enough costs for the state. They also faced pressure from campaign donors, and concerns about giving Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn a re-election boost.

Democratic lawmakers stepped forward with more yes votes to compensate, even though the plan was bitter medicine for their party's traditional union allies.

Lawmakers now could face consequences in the 2014 campaign, when Democrats will seek to preserve their "supermajority" status in the House and Senate.

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