Even though lawmakers left Springfield without solving the state's looming pension crisis, a couple of local senators believe progress was made during Wednesday's special session. State Senator Andy Manar says that lawmakers discussed several of the problems within the two proposed bills and that it was a good way to jump start the conversation for the members of the conference committee.

The Bunker Hill Democrat says that lawmakers are working hard to solve the problem and places the blame for this indecision on Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

Manar Comments

Governor Quinn wants the committee to have a new bill ready for a vote by July 9th, but Alton State Senator Bill Haine says that is too soon.

Haine Comments

The burden on taxpayers will continue to grow by $17-million each day until there is a solution and the liability now total more than $100-billion, which both lawmakers say makes this the most important issue facing the state.

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