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Correction: Illinois Pensions story

October 4, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In an early version of an Oct. 3 story about Illinois pension reform, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the state’s pension liability is $100 million. It is $100 billion.

A corrected version of the story is below:

A proposed solution to Illinois’ historic $100 billion pension crisis is hanging in the balance as the state Legislature’s October veto session approaches.

Key Democrats on a pension panel are pushing a plan to save the state $138 billion over the next 30 years, but Republican lawmakers want a number of changes. House Speaker Michael Madigan hasn’t yet committed to calling the proposal for a vote, either.

Senate President John Cullerton supports the deal and calls it “less unconstitutional” than a previous plan that would have saved $163 billion.

Illinois’ five public-employee retirement funds have an unfunded liability of about $100 billion. The annual contribution to the fund, plus payments on past pension bonds, is about $7.65 billion this year. That number will increase in years to come without action.

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