CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn pressed lawmakers Wednesday to act on a pension reform package that merges House and Senate proposals with the goal of improving the legislation’s chances of withstanding a legal challenge by unions.

“We cannot allow our economic recovery to be held hostage by the pension crisis. We simply must act. Our vision for our Illinois cannot be fully realized without pension reform,” Quinn told lawmakers during a state of the state address. “This problem cannot be delayed, deferred, or delegated to the next session... to the next generation.”

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