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12/21/2012 12:11:00 PM
Ill. reviewing pensions for investments in guns

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois public pension fund managers are reviewing their portfolios for investments in gun manufacturers after last week’s Connecticut school shooting.

Illinois State Board of Investment Executive Director William Atwood says that agency’s $12 billion portfolio includes about 84,000 shares worth $1.7 million in three gun-makers — Olin, Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson.

Neither Atwood’s agency nor the Teachers’ Retirement System does business with Cerberus (SER’-ber-us) Capital Management.

Cerberus is the private-equity firm that announced this week it would sell the maker of the rifle used in the Connecticut school massacre that killed 26 people.

Spokesman Dave Urbanek  says the teachers’ system is reviewing its $37 billion portfolio for connections to other gun-makers as information for its trustees.

State law only prohibits investing in business with Sudan and Iran.

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