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Blog: Quinn set to launch 'grassroots' digital pension-reform drive Sunday

Updated: November 17, 2012 11:09PM

SPRINGFIELD-Gov. Pat Quinn will launch a long-promised "grassroots" pension-reform campaign Sunday, urging voters to turn to social media to pressure lawmakers into finally solving the state's $86 billion pension crisis.

The governor is expected to lay out details of his program during a Sunday press conference.

"This web-based initiative is designed to educate citizens about the 'squeeze' caused by skyrocketing pension costs, and then activate them to get involved using tech tools like Facebook, Twitter and email," Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson told the Chicago Sun-Times late Saturday.

The governor, who promised last August to lead a grassroots effort after lawmakers failed to pass pension reform during a special session he convened then, expects also to meet with the CEO of Twitter in "the days ahead," she said.

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