Illinois Supreme Court to hear arguments in pension overhaul case

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in the state's pension-overhaul case on Wednesday.

Officials say oral arguments will be heard by Illinois Supreme Court Justices at 2:30 p.m.  The lawsuit stems from legislation, passed in 2013, which would help close a $111 billion shortfall in Illinois' pension programs by reducing contributions and pension benefits for state employees and retirees.

The beneficiaries of the pension benefits filed the lawsuit, and in 2014 a Sangamon County circuit judge found the law unconstitutional, ruling that it violated a provision that forbids reducing or impairing pension allowances.  However, the State filed an appeal, with Attorney General Lisa Madigan saying that lawmakers can make changes to pension benefits in an emergency situation.

We will provide updates to this story as they become available.
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