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Chicago mulls $10 billion debt sale to fill pension funding hole -- here's why it's a bad idea

Pension obligation bonds, or POBs, have been connected with high-profile municipal defaults in California's San Bernadino and Stockton, as well as Detroit. At the state level, issuers of POBs including New Jersey and Connecticut, and the territory of Puerto Rico, have seen a decline in their pension funding ratios and suffered downgrades to their credit rating as a result, noted analysts at Municipal Market Analytics. Illinois, in fact, issued pension bonds in 2003 that only temporarily brought up funded ratios.

Tim Holler