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Cullerton aide: 'No signs of life' for pension reform

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SPRINGFIELD-A top aide to Senate President John Cullerton said Tuesday pension reform appears dead for the lame-duck legislative session that is scheduled to end today.

"The House has given us no indication that pension reform is alive in the 97th General Assembly," Cullerton spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon told the Chicago Sun-Times shortly after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

"I'm not seeing any signs of life for pension reform in the 97th," she said.

The Senate has scheduled session for 3 p.m. Tuesday, but it likely will only deal with resolutions, she said.

Meanwhile, Cullerton (D-Chicacgo) has scheduled a 1 p.m. press conference to talk about failed efforts to pass a plan to solve the state's $95 billion pension crisis.

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