Illinois governor vows no pay until pensions fixed

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says it's time for state lawmaker to buckle down and get to work on solving Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.
   
The Chicago Democrat appeared Thursday at a lithium ion battery company on the city's southwest side.
   
Quinn praised the work ethic of employees at AllCell Technologies in a thinly veiled swipe at lawmakers in Springfield who have failed to pass pension reform legislation.
   
On Wednesday, Quinn suspended pay for himself and all lawmakers, saying he wanted to spur lawmakers into action.
   
On Thursday he renewed his vow that paychecks won't be restored until lawmakers agree on a solution to the state's troubled pension system because "it's important that we keep the pressure on."
   
He says if reform is finally enacted, it will be an "epic achievement."

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