Illinois Won’t Appeal Pension Ruling to U.S. Supreme Court


Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan won’t be appealing May’s pension ruling by the state Supreme Court, in which Illinois’ 2013 pension overhaul was declared unconstitutional.

A spokesperson for Madigan announced the news on Wednesday.

More from Reuters:

“In the pension case, we asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a routine extension of time to allow us to consider whether to seek review of the case by that court,” said spokeswoman Eileen Boyce. “After completing our analysis, we have decided not to ask the court to review the case.”

In July, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was granted an extension until Sept. 10 to appeal the ruling, which rejected the state’s argument that it needed to invoke police powers and cut pension benefits to deal with a fiscal emergency.

The unanimous ruling by the Illinois justices was based on a provision in the state constitution that prohibits the impairment or diminishment of public worker retirement benefits.

There is still at least one major pension ruling still to come in Illinois.

In November, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments over the legality of Chicago’s major pension reform law.

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