GOP leaders: Illinois pension fix could come soon

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CHICAGO (AP) - Top Republicans say they're hopeful Illinois' legislative leaders will soon have a plan to address the state's $100 billion pension crisis.
   
House GOP leader Rep. Jim Durkin and Senate GOP leader Sen. Christine Radogno said Tuesday the four leaders have been tinkering with a proposal and talking with legislators to see if they would support it.
   
They say a plan could emerge from a meeting scheduled for later Tuesday afternoon and lawmakers could vote on it next week.
   
House Speaker Michael Madigan has called House members to Springfield for session Dec. 3.
   
Senate President John Cullerton also has told senators to be prepared for a special session.
   
The details of what's in the plan have not been publicly released. But Radogno says "there won't be a lot of surprises."
 

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