CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday called a special legislative session for mid-August, pressing lawmakers to act on elusive pension reforms needed to help stave off further credit deterioration and to spare schools, health care and public safety spending from further cuts.

Quinn set the special session for Aug. 17, the end of a week during which many lawmakers will be at the capital to attend the state fair and for another special session set earlier in the week to debate whether to expel an indicted House member.

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