Court To Take Up Pension Reform

Decatur – The Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week on the legislatures 2013 pension overhaul.  Hailed as landmark legislation when it was passed the measure could be declared unconstitutional.

“The Illinois constitution is pretty clear,” State Representative Bill Mitchell, (R) Forsyth, told capitol reporter Doug Wolfe.  “You cannot diminish or impair benefits for people who are presently employed or currently retired.”

The state currently has the worst funded pension system in the country.  The debt is around $111 billion. 

A circuit court judge in Sangamon County ruled in November the pension reform measure was unconstitutional.  If the high court upholds the ruling lawmakers will have to come up with another reform package.

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