Illinois lawmakers push for state retirement plan

Illinois lawmakers are advancing legislation that would give most private-sector employees access to retirement plans through a government program.

Proposals in the House and Senate would require most businesses without retirement plans to enroll workers in a statewide savings program.

The program would take 3 percent from employee paychecks and put money into a privately managed investment fund. Employees could choose to opt out of the program.

State Sen. Daniel Biss says it would allow millions of people to save for retirement with little cost to government and businesses. The Evanston Democrat's measure passed a Senate committee on Tuesday after lengthy debate.

Business groups say the state shouldn't force businesses to enroll employees. They argue it would add costs and complications to businesses.

The bills are SB2758 and HB4595.