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Policy: Entitlements

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn seeking pension reform payoff in campaign

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn went without a paycheck for months to make the point that lawmakers needed to pass a pension reform bill. Now he's seeking to make sure the successful effort will pay off for his re-election bid.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports that Quinn's campaign touted the achievement in a fundraising solicitation to supporters.

In the message, Quinn says "the pension crisis was the biggest fiscal challenge Illinois has ever faced and getting this done is a historic win for the people of Illinois."

He goes on to say, "Let's keep moving forward."

The message includes a prominently displayed link labeled "contribute." But campaign spokeswoman Leslie Wertheimer denies it was meant to be "a fundraising email," calling it a "general update from the governor."

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