FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo taken in Springfield, Ill., Illinois Rep. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie, left, looks on as Illinois Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Des Plaines, speaks with repor

 

              FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo taken in Springfield, Ill., Illinois Rep. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie, left, looks on as  Illinois Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Des Plaines, speaks with repor
FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2012 file photo taken in Springfield, Ill., Illinois Rep. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie, left, looks on as Illinois Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Des Plaines, speaks with reporters at the Illinois State Capitol. Lawmakers will convene again the first week in January in hopes of fixing the nation's worst case of underfunding state employees' pensions, a problem approaching $100 billion and mounting by $17 million per day. On the table are solutions that other states adopted as long as five years ago. "Nothing has changed in 40 years," said Nekritz, a Chicago Democrat and chairman of the House Pensions Committee, who called for an end to "excuses" when rolling out another proposal to solve the problem this month. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)