Illinois House adjourns without pension vote

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 8 at 5:30 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has adjourned its lame-duck session without taking action to solve the state's multibillion pension problem.

House Speaker Michael Madigan made the motion to adjourn the chamber Monday just before 5 p.m.

Members had expected to vote on a last-ditch attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to save the broken-down pension talks.

Quinn proposed setting up a commission that could recommend changes to bridge a $96 billion deficit in public-employee pension accounts. The commission's recommendations by April 30 would have taken effect unless the Legislature voted against them.

Top lawmakers feared the move would have been illegal.

A new General Assembly will be sworn in Wednesday.

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