CHICAGO – The Illinois Senate approved a pension reform package Thursday after Democrats argued it stands a better chance at surviving a legal challenge than a rival House bill and Republicans panned it as insufficient to fix the state’s dire pension mess.

Senate Bill 2404, sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, passed in a 40-16 vote.  It heads to the House, which last week adopted its own package of reforms in a sharply different bill sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago.

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