The state will pay more than five-billion dollars into the pension system this year but Governor Quinn is trying to ease the state's burden.
Quinn says the whole concept of pension reform is to make sure everyone is accountable for retirement benefits. The governor says reform is essential this year but any changes will be responsible, fair and constitutional.
Governor Quinn wants school districts and teachers to pitch in to cover pension costs but that could mean increased property taxes. Quinn says it wouldn't be fair for districts to pass the cost on to taxpayers.