Illinois Supreme Court schedules date for Illinois pension lawsuit arguments

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Supreme Court has announced when oral arguments in the state's pension overhaul case will be heard.

On Thursday, officials announced that arguments will be heard in the Illinois Supreme Court chamber at 2:30 p.m. on March 11.

The controversial measure was passed by lawmakers in 2013, and was designed to close a $111 billion deficit in Illinois' pension systems by reducing benefits and reducing retirement-fund contributions.  However, many beneficiaries, like retired teachers and state workers, opposed the law, and filed a lawsuit.  

Last fall, a Sangamon County circuit judge ruled that the pension overhaul law was unconstitutional, due to the law violating a provision that prohibits the reduction of pension allowances.
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