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Rich Miller: Illinois pension reform could be back to Square One

Jul 07, 2014

In a sweeping 6-1 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court last week struck down an attempt to force government retirees to pay more for their subsidized state health insurance.  And while nothing is ever certain when it comes to the judiciary, the Court made it pretty darned clear that the new Illinois pension reform law is going to have real trouble passing constitutional review.


The Court, led by Justice Charles Freeman, did not specifically rule on the pension reform law, but declared “it is clear” that all pension benefits, including health insurance, cannot be, as the Illinois Constitution mandates, “diminished or…

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