JoAnn Washington-Murry poses for a portrait outside her office at the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Harvey, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A major credit-rating house took a more positive outlook Tuesday on Illinois’ ability to pay its debts, a rare economic bright spot for the state one week after lawmakers approved major pension-reform legislation.

Standard & Poor’s declared Illinois’ fiscal outlook as “developing,” an improvement, if a somewhat fuzzy one, over its previous “negative” outlook.

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