SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says public employee unions have offered “no cooperation” on fixing the pension crisis.

The Chicago Democrat released a sharp response Wednesday to a group of labor unions that want a Feb. 11 summit on solutions to the $96 billion pension problem.

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Madigan declined the invitation from the “We Are One Illinois” coalition.

Years of underfunding have created a shortfall in taxpayer-funded retirement programs. Legislative plans have proposed greater employee contributions and less generous benefits.

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Madigan dismissed labor leader Michael Carrigan’s claim last week that legislative solutions have failed because union concerns haven’t been considered.

Madigan’s letter pointed to at least “eight high-level meetings” with union representatives in the last year alone.

The coalition says its proposal provides enough money and is fair.

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