Crains Chicago Business – How Will Illinois’ High Court Rule On Pension Reform?
On January 22, 2015 the Supreme Court entered an Order denying the motion of amici curiae to file 10 separate briefs in support of the State’s argument that the pension reform law is constitutional. As such, the Supreme Court also denied the retirees’ motion for an extension of time to file their response brief. Therefore, the retirees’ brief remains due on February 16, 2015 and the case will be argued in March.
The plaintiffs are currently required to file their response briefs with the supreme court on or before February 16, 2015. The plaintiffs have filed a motion requesting a one month extension. The supreme court is set to hear oral arguments in March.
Nine separate parties filed amicus (friend of the court) briefs in support of the state’s position:
Click HERE to view the Appellant’s Brief in the Pension Reform Litigation.
Essentially the appellants argued that the trial court ignored the state’s ability to adopt legislation that altered contractual rights under certain circumstances and thereby stripped the state of its inherent police powers.
Chicago Tribune – State’s Lawyers Argue Pension Protection Not ‘Absolute’
Bruce Rauner was sworn in as governor on January 12, 2015. Below is a link to Governor Rauner’s inauguration speech:
Chicago Tribune – Illinois Government Worker Pension System Remains Big Issue For Rauner
Ottawa Times – Will police-fire pensions go up in smoke?