|Illinois settles SEC fraud charge over pensions||| Print ||
|Written by By Associated Press|
|Monday, 11 March 2013 12:21|
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is settling a federal securities-fraud charge that it misled investors about the health of its pension system.
Gov. Pat Quinn's office agreed Monday to a cease-and-desist order in the Securities and Exchange Commission case. The SEC said in a news release that Illinois admitted no wrongdoing but has made more complete disclosures since 2009.
The case revolved around more than $2 billion of municipal bonds sold from 2005 to early 2009 to pay state obligations to public-employee pension programs.
The SEC charged that the state did not adequately inform investors that a 50-year funding plan adopted in 1995 did not adequately cover pension liabilities.
The five pensions systems are now $97 billion in debt and a solution is lawmakers' top priority.
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