Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Guy Stephens and Brian Mackey was used in this report.
Longtime state employees would no longer be able get free health insurance when they retire under legislation approved by the Illinois House today.
The vote is part of a push to cut pension benefits for government retirees. The governor, House speaker and other officials want to save money by cutting pensions, health care and other costs.
House Republican Leader Tom Cross says it's the first of many difficult votes to come.