Pension Bill to Face the Courts

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ILLINOIS (WIFR) – Now that pension reform has made it through the legislature, it’s time for the next hurdle: the state supreme court.

Experts say it’s hard to predict what Illinois Supreme Court Justices will decide when they get a chance to rule on the Pension Reform Bill which will undoubtedly be challenged in court.

The State Constitution prohibits the legislature from diminishing state employee benefits which is what the courts will have to determine this recent bill is doing in order to strike it down. Rockford University Political Science Professor Bob Evans says this won’t be an easy decision for state justices because the bill is unprecedented and the effects of their decision will be enormous whichever way it goes.

“If they uphold the bill then we move forward, not pleasantly for the state employee unions, but we move forward if they don’t uphold the bill, if they turn over the bill, then we’re back literally at square one.

Governor Quinn says he will sign the bill into law and as soon as that happens, experts say lawsuits will be filed in court by State Labor Unions who will try to get the bill off the books. This issue is not going away any time soon.

Bob Evans says the courts won’t likely resolve the pension issue until the middle portion of next year.

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