Illinois Governor Pat Quinn awaits his turn to speak during Chicago Cares' 20th Annual Serve-A-Thon at Daley Plaza in Chicago, Illinois on June 15, 2013. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images) | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn awaits his turn to speak during Chicago Cares’ 20th Annual Serve-A-Thon at Daley Plaza in Chicago, Illinois on June 15, 2013. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images) | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

CHICAGO, Jan 21 (Reuters) – A reform package passed late last year will make improvements to Illinois’ woefully underfunded public pension system, but the state’s budget gap still will increase to $13 billion by 2025 if current policies remain in place, according to an independent analysis released on Tuesday.

While the pension reforms are expected to save Illinois $160 billion over 30 years, they will reduce the state’s structural budget deficit only by $1 billion to $1.5 billion a year over the next decade, according to the report by the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois’ Fiscal Futures Project.

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