More Retired Illinois Workers Sue Over New Pension Law

By: AP
By: AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Another group of retired Illinois workers has filed a lawsuit challenging a new plan to eliminate the state's $100 billion public pension shortfall.

The Illinois State Employees Association Retirees sued Thursday afternoon in Sangamon County Circuit Court. The Retired State Employees Association filed a similar lawsuit earlier Thursday.

The groups are the latest to argue the landmark plan violates a provision of the Illinois Constitution that states pension benefits may not be diminished.

Illinois has the nation's worst-funded public-employee pension systems. Lawmakers in December approved legislation to reduce the unfunded liability, largely by cutting benefits.

Members of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association and the Illinois Association of School Administrators sued last week.

Gov. Pat Quinn and other supporters of the pension law say they're confident it will be upheld.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A group of retired state employees has filed a lawsuit challenging a new Illinois plan to eliminate the state's $100 billion public pension shortfall.

The Retired State Employees Association filed its lawsuit Thursday in Sangamon County Circuit Court. They argue the plan violates the Illinois Constitution, which states pension benefits cannot be reduced.

The organization also wants to create an escrow fund while the case is pending. The state would be required to deposit the difference between previously scheduled pension payments and the payments as scheduled under the new law.

Illinois has the nation's worst-funded public-employee pension systems. Lawmakers in December approved a plan to reduce the unfunded liability, largely by cutting benefits.

Members of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association and the Illinois Association of School Administrators sued last week.


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