The fight over public sector retirement benefits has now landed in court.
Four major unions, including AFSCME, have filed suit against Governor Pat Quinn’s administration, arguing that a new law signed by Quinn this summer is unconstitutional.
That law requires retirees in the public pension funds to pay a health care premium.
Previously, the state underwrote part or all of the retiree’s premium costs.
The unions say the constitution guarantees pensions and prohibits laws that impair contractual obligations.