November 25, 2012 – If history is a guide, suburban mayors looking for relief from their rising police and firefighter pension costs might have to wait in line. State lawmakers return to Springfield this week to perhaps start brokering a deal on cutting back teachers’ and state workers’ pensions. But that yearlong debate has rarely included talks of solving local officials’ concerns at the same time. Local officials are looking to Springfield for relief because mayors and municipal trustees can’t set police and firefighter pension benefits, but they have to pay the growing bill.
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