Illinois Attorney General files pension-law appeal

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SPRINGFIELD - In response to a lower court's ruling that the state's pension overhaul law is unconstitutional, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed an appeal with the Illinois Supreme Court.

Madigan filed the appeal on Wednesday, in the hopes of having the Illinois Supreme Court consider a ruling given by Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz.  Last month, Belz ruled that the pension overhaul law violated the Illinois Constitution's prohibition on impairing or reducing pension benefits.  The law reduces pension contributions, and also reduced pension benefits in order to reduce a $100 billion shortfall in the state's five retirement systems.

According to Illinois Supreme Court spokesperson Joe Tybor, Madigan will also request that the court makes a ruling on this case in an expedited manner.  Tybor also says it's unknown when the court could make a ruling on this case.
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