Watchdog Group: Illinois Needs a Long-Term Plan



A Chicago-based watchdog group says Illinois must have a long-range plan to address its shaky finances, including the nation's worst pension problem.
 
The Civic Federation released a report Monday that says it supports Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed budget but that it's only a "stopgap" measure.
 
Civic Federation President Laurence Msall says a long-range plan will protect essential services.
Quinn's proposed $35.6 billion spending plan includes ending tax breaks and putting the money toward unpaid bills.
 
The group says that's not enough, and thinks the proposal may overstate savings from a recent labor contract agreement. It also calls for a process for budget revenue estimates before the governor's budget address each year.
 
Illinois has nearly $100 billion in unfunded pension liability. Lawmakers are considering two proposals to address the problem.

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