Pension Conference Committee Makeup



Eight of the 10 members of a committee tackling Illinois' $97 billion pension crisis supported a proposal to unilaterally cut benefits.
 
The Senate members are Democrats Linda Holmes, Kwame Raoul (KWAH'-mee rah-OOL') and Daniel Biss and Republicans Bill Brady and Matt Murphy. The House members are Democrats Elaine Nekritz, Art Turner and Mike Zalewski (zuh-LEHS'-kee) and Republicans Darlene Senger and Jil Tracy.
 
All of the House members and three senators voted in favor of a bill backed by Speaker Michael Madigan that imposed across-the-board cuts. Holmes and Raoul preferred a union-supported bill sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton that gave employees and retirees choices of benefits.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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