By Bond Buuyer reporter Yvette Shields.

The picture for Illinois’ state employee pensions has become bleaker, with a $12 billion increase in unfunded liabilities and a $1 billion jump in the state’s scheduled contributions next year.

The updated data comes from fiscal 2016 draft actuarial reports released by the state’s five retirement funds and its preliminary contribution requests for fiscal 2018, which were approved by the system’s boards at recent meetings.