Look What Happened Wednesday
- Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday asked the state’s top court to reverse a lower court’s ruling that the 2013 pension reform bill is unconstitutional.
Madigan’s office filed a notice of appeal less than a week after a Sangamon County judge ruled the 2013 law violated the Illinois State Constitution’s clause on state pensions. Her move begins the appeals process and paves the way for a legal showdown before the Illinois Supreme Court.
On Friday, Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the state’s landmark pension overhaul.
In his ruling, Belz found that the constitution’s “protection against the diminishment or impairment of pension benefits is absolute and without exception.”
We certainly hope she uses the same "emergency" argument and gets laughed out of court. And could someone remind us about which party exactly is the one filing, appealing and presenting this case again? Thanks in advance.