Lawyers asking for Supreme Court ruling to be factored into pensions case

SPRINGFIELD - Lawyers representing Illinois retiree groups are planning to use a recent Supreme Court decision on health care benefits to expedite their case on challenging the state's pension legislation.

On Tuesday, attorneys told Sangamon Circuit Court Judge John Belz that they would be filing a motion asking him to factor the July 3 ruling into the state's argument defending the pension legislation.

The Supreme Court's ruling reversed an earlier decision made by a lower court, which effectively allowed the state to require retirees to pay for part of their health care.

Groups that oppose the pension law say the same issue is central to their case, and that the law violates the state constitution which says public employee benefits cannot be "diminished or impaired."  However, the state says it has expanded authority during times of crisis.

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