Retired teachers file first lawsuit against Illinois pension reform

A group of retired Illinois teachers and administrators has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s historic pension reform bill.
This is the first of what’s expected to be many lawsuits against the bill that was drafted to deal with the state’s underfunded pension system.
Eight non-union retirees filed the lawsuit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.
Governor Quinn signed the bill into law earlier this month.
The reform bill is estimated to save the state $160 billion, largely by cutting benefits to employees and retirees.

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4 comments

  • Dick Beninya

    Does that bill “save” $160B or does it address $160b the state doesn’t have, and is made up of smaller amounts the state hasn’t been able to afford for like 10 years? Lets see how the pension survives bankruptcy.

  • Curious

    Guest, I appreciate you putting Quinn in his place, could you please explain your plan for dealing with this mess? There are only two ways to fix a budget issue, decrease spending or increase revenues. I keeping hearing that what is being done is not right, but no one has a put a plan out there to address the problem. So please tell me what you think will work.'

    • Guest

      This problem should not be on the backs of those teachers already retired…the stste did not live up to uts part with proper and promised funding. The state needs to look closer as to where all the money from state gambling ids going…..including the state lottery, which was made to alleviate education budgets….then, raise taxes.


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