Illinois Sen. David Luechtefeld, R-Okawville (AP photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Senate committee approved a union-backed approach for dealing with Illinois’ pension crisis Wednesday, saying it gives the state its best chance at surviving an inevitable court challenge and getting out of its nearly $100 billion mess.

The Senate Executive Committee voted 10-5 to send the proposal to the full Senate. It could get a floor vote as early as Thursday.

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