Arguments in Illinois Pension Lawsuit Begin Wednesday

It’s been nearly 15 months since Illinois’ pension overhaul was passed, and 13 months since the first lawsuits began rolling in. Now, the state and its public workers are finally squaring off in the halls of the state Supreme Court. Arguments over the constitutionality of the law, SB-1, begin on Wednesday. From the Chicago Tribune: … Continue reading Arguments in Illinois Pension Lawsuit Begin Wednesday

Judge in Illinois Pension Lawsuit Rejects Request For More Time

Lawyers representing groups challenging Illinois’ pension reform law asked for more time to file arguments this week. The request would have extended the deadline by a month. The judge presiding over the case rejected that request on Thursday. From the Associated Press: The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected a request for an extra month to … Continue reading Judge in Illinois Pension Lawsuit Rejects Request For More Time

State Lawyers File Arguments in Illinois Pension Lawsuit

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed the state’s argument in favor of the sweeping pension law on Monday. Illinois is arguing that pension protections are not absolute, and the law doesn’t violate the state’s constitution. From the Chicago Tribune: Lawyers for the state argued that the government’s so-called emergency police powers — the ability to … Continue reading State Lawyers File Arguments in Illinois Pension Lawsuit

Video: Update on Illinois Pension Lawsuit

Here’s a discussion with attorney Aaron Maduff, who is representing the State Universities Annuitants Association in their lawsuit against Illinois’ pension reform law. Maduff gives us a recap and update on the high-profile pension lawsuit, and an idea of what we can expect in the coming months.

Illinois Supreme Court consolidates lawsuits against pension reform

It could be a long time before the constitutionality of Illinois’ pension reform law is argued in the halls of the state’s Supreme Court. But now that day might come sooner than previously thought. The Illinois Supreme Court used its authority today to improve the efficiency of the legal battles surrounding the state’s pension reform … Continue reading Illinois Supreme Court consolidates lawsuits against pension reform

With pension lawsuits on horizon, Illinois Supreme Court justices take contributions from players in reform

It’s been less than a month since Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the state’s massive pension overhaul. There have already been lawsuits filed against the legislation, and many more are expected in the near future. If any of those lawsuits should end up in the Supreme Court of Illinois, the subsequent judgment would … Continue reading With pension lawsuits on horizon, Illinois Supreme Court justices take contributions from players in reform

Illinois Gov. Rauner Considers Constitutional Amendment For Pension Reform

Earlier this year, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said he would wait to implement any of his own pension changes until the state Supreme Court ruled on the state’s 2013 overhaul. But Rauner now says he is considering a constitutional amendment to get around language in the Illinois constitution that prohibits impairment of benefits. From the … Continue reading Illinois Gov. Rauner Considers Constitutional Amendment For Pension Reform

Video: Union Attorney Reacts to, Discusses Arguments in Illinois Pension Suit

The Illinois Supreme Court earlier this month heard arguments for and against the legality of the state’s pension overhaul from attorneys on both sides of the lawsuit. In this video, Aaron Maduff – an attorney representing one of the employee groups suing the state – reacts and discusses the arguments presented by the state.

How Would Illinois’ Supreme Court Pension Ruling Affect Public Schools?

Arguments will soon be underway in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Illinois’ 2013 pension overhaul. Many observers expect the state Supreme Court to uphold the opinions of lower courts and rule the pension law unconstitutional. If the law were overturned, what would it mean for Chicago Public Schools? In a column in the Chicago … Continue reading How Would Illinois’ Supreme Court Pension Ruling Affect Public Schools?

Chicago Pension Lawsuits Put on Hold Pending Supreme Court Ruling

Two lawsuits, both challenging the legality of recent pension reforms enacted by Chicago, have been put on hold until the Illinois Supreme Court rules on the state’s pension overhaul. The plaintiffs filed the motion to put the lawsuit on pause, and it was approved on Thursday. More from Reuters: Lawsuits seeking to void a law … Continue reading Chicago Pension Lawsuits Put on Hold Pending Supreme Court Ruling