Justices Get Campaign Money, Decide Pension Issue

By: AP
By: AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A published report says groups with ties to the pension-reform law adopted last month have contributed close to $3 million to Illinois Supreme Court justices who might decide its fate.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that six of seven justices have taken money in the past 13 years from labor unions, business groups and a political committee controlled by Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Retired teachers have sued to stop the pension-reform plan that cuts retiree benefits to reduce a $100 billion debt.

Most of the pension-related money went to former Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride. He accepted $2.5 million from both Madigan and business groups in a 2010 retention battle.

Current Chief Justice Rita Garman says court decisions are based on constitutional standards, not politics.


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