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September 14, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Supreme Court Favors Retirees In Suit Over Health Insurance Costs; Decision Cast Doubt On Pension Reform Law


The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled in favor of public sector retirees who sued over a state law requiring them to start paying for health care benefits that they used to get for free. 

 

In a six-to-one decision, the high court held that health insurance coverage is a benefit that cannot be reduced or impaired under the Illinois Constitution. 

 

That decision could also signal big problems ahead for the pension reform law approved late last year, since it also reduces benefits that appear to be protected under the language of the state constitution.  The Supreme Court ruling says that when there is doubt about the effects of a law that changes pension benefits, it should be resolved in favor of pensioners.

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