Mayors across the state of Illinois are urging legislators to overhaul police and fire pension plans to alleviate the financial burden on local governments.

At a news conference in the capital of Springfield Monday, several mayors spoke of how rising pensions costs are forcing cutbacks in essential services.

"The police and fire pension obligations are enormous," said Du Quoin mayor Rex Duncan.  "We are about at half of where we should be in terms of what we have paid into those funds. These are the struggles that every mayor in every community and every city council is having to deal with today."

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