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UPDATED with rejection: Illinois Democrats may limit pension changes to lawmakers

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A measure to cut Illinois legislative pensions has fizzled out.

The Illinois House approved an amendment that would have reduced benefits for current lawmakers and ended pensions for future lawmakers. But the amendment got only 54 votes -- not enough to pass a bill -- so the sponsor didn't bother trying to get the full bill approved.

This means Friday's special session on pensions didn't produce anything.

When it became clear no major action was possible, Democrats proposed cutting legislative pensions. They said it would show they're willing to share the pain they're asking of other public employees.

But Republicans blasted it as a stunt to provide political cover for a failed session.

PREVIOUSLY:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Democrats are looking at a plan to cut pension benefits for lawmakers and no one else.

The measure would completely eliminate pensions for future legislators.

The head of a House pension committee said Friday that proposals involving others, such as state employees and teachers, do not have enough votes to pass.

Democratic Rep. Elaine Nekritz says lawmakers cutting their own pensions would at least show the General Assembly is serious.

The Illinois House could vote on the proposal later Friday. Senate staffers say a similar bill has been filed there, too.

The measure would give current legislators a choice of smaller growth in their pension checks or losing their free health insurance. Future lawmakers would not get any state retirement benefits at all.

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