CHICAGO – A special Illinois legislative committee charged with solving the state’s pension crisis meets again Wednesday, after a more than four-hour hearing Thursday provided little indication of how the committee will accomplish its task and raised doubts over meeting Gov. Pat Quinn’s July 9 deadline.

The Conference committee chairman, Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, suggested the committee move away from focusing on one of two rival plans before the General Assembly. “We’ve reached an impasse” on those two proposals, he said, adding that focusing on them alone won’t “solve this problem.”

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