Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, front, prepares to testify during a House committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Springfield Ill. T

 

              Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, front, prepares to testify during a House committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Springfield Ill. T
Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross, R-Oswego, front, prepares to testify during a House committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Springfield Ill. The long-awaited plan to address Illinois' $96 billion pension problem cleared an early hurdle as the Illinois House committee approved a proposal that freezes cost-of-living increases and calls for higher employee contributions. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)