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State Lawmakers Discuss Rauner's Power Over Pensions


Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to let Governor Bruce Rauner reduce or delay pension payments.

The measure would give the governor the power to make unilateral cuts and reallocate money around state government.

Rauner's budget director says the governor would rather get a bipartisan deal -- including pension changes -- instead of going it alone.

Senate President John Cullerton has a pension proposal Rauner supports. But Cullerton says his legislation is not a quick fix for the state's massive pension liability. 

"I can assure you the best way to pass is not to introduce it now. So, if we want to work together on actually passing the bill, I would suggest that we would strategize because right now we don't have enough votes,” Cullerton said.

Legislators passed a pension overhaul in 2013. But last year the Illinois Supreme Court rejected it as unconstitutional.?

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