SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers have again failed to reach an agreement on how to fix the state's nearly $100 billion pension problem.
Gov. Pat Quinn and legislators had said addressing the pension crisis was their top priority this session.
But the House and Senate passed competing legislation earlier this month, and lawmakers weren't able to agree on which measure to send to the governor. Friday was the final day of the session.
The inaction means soaring pension payments will continue to squeeze the state budget. It also could prompt credit rating agencies to further downgrade Illinois' rating, increasing the cost of borrowing.
Illinois has the nation's worst state-pension crisis because lawmakers for years skipped or shorted payments. Legislators have tried for years to solve the problem but have repeatedly failed.