CHICAGO — A group of prominent Illinois-based civic groups Thursday banded together to intensify pressure on lawmakers to act now during a special legislative session to overhaul the state’s pension system weighed down by $95 billion in unfunded obligations.

The Civic Federation of Chicago, the Metropolitan Planning Council, and the Better Government Association along with several other civic and business groups gave their backing to House Bill 6258 floated last month by a bipartisan group of House members as a framework for reforms.

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