GOP candidates debate Illinois pension reform


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Originally Posted Online: Feb. 19, 2014, 9:17 am
Last Updated: March 06, 2014, 1:19 pm
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The four GOP candidates for governor have debated what to do if Illinois' pension reform plan is declared unconstitutional by the courts.

State Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and Treasurer Dan Rutherford debated at a forum in Springfield on Tuesday.

Rutherford says he would bring 'all interested parties' to the table to forge a new agreement.

Dillard says he'd look to the courts for guidance if they reject the plan to save an estimated $145 billion over 30 years.

Rauner says he would work for a plan that moves current and future state workers into a defined contribution plan like businesses offer.

Brady is the only candidate who supports the plan approved by lawmakers. He says he also would support a defined contribution plan.














 



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