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Originally Posted Online: Nov. 07, 2012, 3:18 pm
Last Updated: Nov. 08, 2012, 9:30 am
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CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn played down voters' rejection of a proposed amendment to the Illinois constitution that would have made it harder to expand public employee retirement benefits.

A day after the elections, Quinn says he remains optimistic he can get lawmakers to agree on a plan for bringing down spiraling costs of pensions for government and other public sector workers.

The governor sought to separate the two, saying the proposed amendment was not focused on the wholesale overhaul of the pension system that he has sought.

Quinn says a complete overhaul is a necessary sacrifice in order to balance the state's books and ensure public funds keep flowing to essential services like schools and police departments.

Quinn told reporters Wednesday he'll be "working on that issue night and day."














 




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