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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate is ditching its promise to vote on a compromise budget plan by the end of the month.

Senate President John Cullerton is proposing legislation to freeze property taxes for two years and overhaul the way Illinois funds schools.   The measure introduced Tuesday also would require the state to make the employer contribution for Chicago Public Schools' teacher pensions. Currently Chicago taxpayers cover those costs.  A spokesperson says the bill is the Chicago Democrat's attempt to acknowledge requests from Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who's repeatedly called for freezing property taxes. 

Rauner says there's no clear plan to fix pension

May 14, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says there's no "clear roadmap" for a solution to the state's pension crisis after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down 2013 overhaul legislation last week. 

The top Democrat in the Illinois Senate went on the offensive over state spending Monday. Senate President John Cullerton is calling out the Republicans running for governor. 

IL lawmakers create pension committee

Jun 19, 2013

The Illinois Legislature has taken action to create a committee to address the state's $97 billion pension problem. The House agreed to form a bipartisan conference committee after the Senate approved a similar motion Wednesday. Governor Pat Quinn requested the committee as a way to end a stalemate between the House and Senate. Senate President John Cullerton says there's no guarantee it will work but says it's "a very good step toward reaching a compromise":

Possible pension showdown in IL House, Senate

May 6, 2013

The long-simmering battle over government-employee pensions in Illinois took another turn Monday The Illinois Senate will be going its own way on a plan to change the drastically-underfunded system , potentially setting up a showdown with the House of Representatives.  IPR’s Brian Mackey has more: 

Cullerton unveils pension proposal

May 6, 2013

Senate President John Cullerton's office has released the first official outline of the pension proposal he negotiated with unions. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has a rundown.