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Mayor Epstein: Kankakee needs legislative help for pension crisis

The City of Kankakee is still trying to solve the unfunded pension liability, which Mayor Nina Epstein says is an issue for the state legislature. The mayor says Kankakee is not alone in this issue.

Epstein said lawmakers need to be made aware this is a problem throughout the state. She says the question is: 'how do we modify promises made to those people in the pension system and remain responsible to local taxpayers who pay for the pensions?'

The mayor said local government has no control of what benefits are offered.

Kankakee is more than $36 million behind in the police pension and about $33 million behind in its fire pension fund.

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