CHICAGO – A group of Illinois House members unveiled a pension reform package unveiled Wednesday that cuts future benefits and shifts the burden of funding teacher pensions to school districts, billing it as a road map to help dig the state out from $96 billion in unfunded liabilities.

“We have supported other reform legislation and would definitely consider other good ideas moving forward. But we must continue to push this issue forward and not let excuses get in the way of progress,” said Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Northbrook, a co-sponsor of House Bill 6258. Nekritz is chairwoman of the House Personnel and Pensions Committee and has served as a lead negotiator on reforms.

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