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Illinois lawmaker proposes fix to pension overhaul

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois Legislature is considering fixing a portion of a statewide pension overhaul that unwittingly takes a year of benefits away from university employees.

Higher education officials say a mistake in the legislation passed by lawmakers in December is causing hundreds of university employees to retire earlier than anticipated.

The bill currently calculates a retiring university employee's benefits as of last year instead of this year.

State Rep. Chad Hays is a Catlin Republican. He filed legislation on Tuesday that would base benefits on retirement as of June 30 instead of in 2013.

Hays calls the legislation a "very minor technical correction."

He says he wants to make sure the pension overhaul does not cause "a stampede toward the door" of retirees.

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The measure is HB6225.

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