Posted Online: Nov. 07, 2012, 12:01 am

Pension amendment results unknown; local voters approve tighter rules

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Staff report

Results were not known Tuesday night on the fate of a proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution seeking to make it harder to increasepension benefits for government employees.

The amendment would require a three-fifths vote from a governing body to increase benefits.

As of midnight, no statewide results were available on the question.

Locally, voters approved making it harder to increase government employees' pensions.

In Rock Island County, voters approved the amendment 37,732 to 21,658. Whiteside County voters also strongly backed the amendment, 12,293 to 9,140. Henry County voters approved it 10,304 to 7,130. And Mercer County voters backed the amendment 4,774 to 2,930.