SPRINGBORN v. VILLAGE OF SUGAR GROVE

On September 25, 2013 the Second District Appellate Court issued its Opinion in the consolidated cases of Springborn v. Village of Sugar Grove and Cecala v. Village of Carpentersville.  In both cases, the plaintiffs were awarded line-of-duty disability pension benefits as a result of injuries incurred while clearing roadway obstructions in the course of police duties.  The municipalities subsequently denied the plaintiffs’ claims for health insurance benefits pursuant to the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (“PSEBA”).  The trial court granted the plaintiffs’ motions for summary judgment and held that the plaintiffs were entitled to PSEBA benefits.  The appellate court affirmed.

The appellate court concluded that the evidence demonstrated that each officer reasonably believed that he was responding to an emergency and that each officer’s belief was reasonable.

SUPREME COURT HEARS ORAL ARGUMENTS IN KANERVA v. WEEMS

On September 18, 2013 the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Kanerva v. Weems.  The issue is whether a law allowing the Director of the Department of Central Management Services to apportion the cost of health insurance premiums between the State and retirees violates Article 13, Section 5 of the Illinois Constitution.

Illinois Supreme Court To Debate Whether Public Retiree Health Benefits Protected By Pension Clause

Trial Court’s Order in Kanerva v. Weems, 12 MR 582