Pension Lawsuit Takes Another Step Forward

by Amy Excell | Oct 08, 2014
A ruling today in Sangamon County Circuit Court may help speed up proceedings in our coalition lawsuit which challenges the constitutionality of pension-slashing SB1.
In a status hearing held today, the Sangamon County Circuit Court decided it would take up first the motions filed by our We Are One Illinois coalition and other plaintiffs who argue that the Pension Protection Clause renders SB1 unconstitutional.

The court expressed its belief that our motions, if granted, will resolve the question of whether SB1 is constitutional, which could speed up the case’s proceedings.
 
Following the hearing, our coalition issued this statement:
"As we have always maintained and the recent Kanerva decision confirms, the pension protection clause of the Illinois Constitution is absolute and without exception. There is no merit to the State's purported justification for the unconstitutional diminishments and impairments that SB1 imposes. We are hopeful for a swift resolution in the plaintiffs' favor, so that we can work with legislators willing to develop a fair—and legal—solution to our state's challenges, together."
The IFT has been heavily involved in these lawsuits on behalf of our members. The next hearing is set for November 20.