Chicago area mayors lobby for city pension changes

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Associated Press

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 9 at 11:06 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — DuPage County mayors are asking legislators to overhaul municipal police and fire pension systems, one day after Illinois lawmakers passed changes to two Chicago pensions systems.

The mayors say their local police and fire pension systems are not sustainable unless lawmakers in Springfield make changes. In 2016, cities will be required to divert state funds into local pensions if they don't meet required payments.

Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully says state lawmakers have added pension benefits and left local taxpayers to pay increasing required costs.

The mayors are asking lawmakers to change cost of living adjustments, increase employee contributions and raise the retirement age for police and fire employees.

Police and fire union officials say they've done their part to reduce benefits. They say cities haven't historically paid required payments.

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