Governor Pat Quinn is expected to start a campaign to boost support for changes to Illinois' pension systems. During last week's special session, lawmakers failed to approve a plan that would address the state’s massively underfunded retirement systems.
Illinois officials will gather financial information from the state’s more than 800 school districts over the next two weeks to understand how shifting pension costs away from the state would affect those districts.
“The more facts we could gather regarding what the impact would be on school districts,” Gov. Pat Quinn said, “it would be very important facts we should know.”
The governor initially supported shifting the cost of future pensions for downstate teachers and university workers to school districts and universities but backed away as the legislative session waned.