Democratic leaders in the Illinois Legislature said Friday that they would try again to pass a pension-reform plan backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, rejecting a request from Gov. Pat Quinn to form a bipartisan conference committee to solve the state's worst-in-the-nation $97 billion crisis.
After all the big talk, rare legislative proceedings and countless vows, Illinois lawmakers left Springfield having failed to deliver on a fix to the state's nearly $100 billion pension debacle, setting up an even more difficult road ahead.
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