Pension law appeal filed with high court in Illinois

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court over a lower court’s declaration that the state’s pension overhaul law is unconstitutional.

Madigan filed the appeal Wednesday concerning the law adopted a year ago designed to reduce the state’s more-than $100 billion liability in its retirement accounts for state employees.

Court spokesman Joe Tybor says Madigan has indicated she will also file a request that the court rule on the case in an expedited manner.

Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz ruled last month the law violated the state Constitution’s prohibition on reducing or impairing pension benefits. The law reduced pension contributions but also cut pension benefits to save money.

You can read the full appeal here.

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