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Quinn: Fair a good time for pensions

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn is hinting at the possibility of a special session on pensions when lawmakers are in Springfield next month for the Illinois State Fair.

A bipartisan panel is attempting to come up with a solution to the nearly $100 billion crisis after the House and Senate remained deadlocked. However the panel blew past Quinn’s deadline to report back and he halted their pay as a consequence.

Quinn told reporters Tuesday that legislators will be in Springfield for the annual days devoted to state political leaders and it’s an “ideal time” for them to also work on pensions.

But the Chicago Democrat wouldn’t specifically say if that’s his plan.

Quinn has twice called pensions special sessions. Neither produced results.

The state fair will be held Aug. 8 through 18.

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