Illinois legislative leaders got nowhere fast yesterday in a meeting to work on a bill that would reduce the state's long-term costs for public employee pensions. Democratic leaders want a transfer of pension payments for educators from the state to universities and local school districts. Republican leaders contend that local school districts cannot afford these additional costs. Unions are steadfastly opposed to either the Democratic or Republican plan.
Gov. Pat Quinn appears most intent on making a deal, though the governor's office released numbers earlier this week that they say demonstrate how school districts can make the pension payments.
Legislative leaders will not meet again for another five weeks.