Illinois House adjourns without pension vote

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Posted: Jan 08, 2013 6:45 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has adjourned its lame-duck session without taking action to solve the state's multibillion pension problem.

House Speaker Michael Madigan made the motion to adjourn the chamber Monday just before 5 p.m.

Members had expected to vote on a last-ditch attempt by Gov. Pat Quinn to save the broken-down pension talks.

Quinn proposed setting up a commission that could recommend changes to bridge a $96 billion deficit in public-employee pension accounts. The commission's recommendations by April 30 would have taken effect unless the Legislature voted against them.

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Top lawmakers feared the move would have been illegal.

A new General Assembly will be sworn in Wednesday.