In a scene that sounded a bit more like something out of an episode of NBC's "Community" than a major political effort to save a state's precarious pension system, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn definitely went for the unusual this weekend.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Governor's new public pitch for a comprehensive round of pension reform in the state came in the form of an somewhat incomplete social media strategy, a room full of anxious children with megaphones and even a new cartoon mascot for the whole mess: "Squeezy the Pension Python."

The surreal scene was at least a defining moment in a drawn-out retirement system fiasco which now sees the state's public pensions underfunded by almost $100 billion. 

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