CHICAGO — Chicago has struck a tentative collective bargaining agreement with one of its smaller unions that includes pension benefit and retiree health care reforms that Mayor Rahm Emanuel characterized Tuesday as a possible roadmap to help solve the city’s pension crisis.

The terms must win approval by the union’s rank and file – which is not a certainty – along with the City Council. Many of the pension reforms including a change in the existing funding structure that eases a looming spike in payments must win Illinois General Assembly approval.

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