WBEZ | Jason Grotto http://www.wbez.org/tags/jason-grotto Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en What are YOUR ideas on how to solve Illinois' pension shortfall? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/what-are-your-ideas-how-solve-illinois-pension-shortfall-99691 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/countingmoney_0.jpg" style="width: 351px; height: 351px; float: left;" title="(Flickr/purplemattfish)" />Illinois has a serious pension problem&hellip;about $83 billion serious. That&rsquo;s how much the state is currently on the line for in unfunded pension liabilities.</div><p>State lawmakers have been scrambling to pass pension reform, but there&rsquo;s been less agreement on what that reform should look like. The debate has turned pretty <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/angry-illinois-legislator-explains-his-point-view-99671">heated</a> at times.</p><p>So as legislators wrap up their last regular day of spring session, we&rsquo;re turning to you for potential solutions on Illinois&rsquo; pension crisis. Are there options we should be considering that haven&rsquo;t come to light or aren&rsquo;t currently on the table?</p><p>Put on your thinking caps and call Thursday&#39;s <em>Afternoon Shift</em> at 312-923-9239 just after 2:00pm on Thursday with your suggestions. We&rsquo;ll have <a href="http://bio.tribune.com/jasongrotto">Jason Grotto</a>, staff reporter on the <em>Chicago Tribune&rsquo;s</em> investigative team, and <a href="http://www.civicfed.org/civic-federation/staff/laurence-msall">Laurence Msall</a>, President of the Civic Federation, on hand to weigh in as well.</p></p> Thu, 31 May 2012 10:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/what-are-your-ideas-how-solve-illinois-pension-shortfall-99691