Court rules Illinois pension reform law unconstitutional

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Pension Problems: State worker’s payout 7 times larger than expected

A state circuit court struck down the General Assembly’s pension reform Friday afternoon

Springfield Judge John Belz ruled that recently passed law is unconstitutional and voided the entire thing.

The judge agreed with union attorneys, saying the state’s constitution protects public pensions from being cut.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan now plans to ask the state Supreme Court to quickly hear the appeal.

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner who will inherit the $100 billion dollar pension deficit issued this statement: “It is my hope that the (Supreme) court will take up the case and rule as soon as possible. I look forward to working with the legislature to craft and implement effective, bipartisan pension reform.”

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