Illinois Supreme Court grants request for expedited ruling on pension law

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Supreme Court has granted a request from the state government to quickly review a state pension overhaul law that a lower court declared unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, the Illinois Supreme Court issued an order that would allow for an expedited appeal.  The state's pension overhaul law was created in order to close an approximate $100 billion shortfall in the state's pension system.

Last week, Attorney General Lisa Madigan requested that the Illinois Supreme Court make a decision on the case quickly.  Madigan says without a quick response, the government would have to find a way to make up approximately $1 billion in savings in the first year.  However, in a Tuesday filing, attorneys who represent state workers said Madigan's request is based on a "false sense of urgency."
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