We reported previously on an appellate court decision that declared unconstitutional certain legislation amending the Illinois Pension Code as it relates to City of Chicago employee pensions. That case was appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court, which just last week issued a ruling agreeing with the appellate court that the law was unconstitutional because it "diminished pension benefits in violation of the pension protection clause" of the Illinois constitution. Jones v. Municipal Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago, 2016 IL 119618. The Illinois Supreme Court also rejected the City's argument that the legislation should survive because it was the product of years of negotiations between the City and the unions representing the funds' participants, finding that the individual members of the funds did nothing to "bargain away" their constitutional rights.
Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf