Lawsuit filed against state pension reform law

By WEEK Producer

December 27, 2013 Updated Dec 27, 2013 at 11:22 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill -- The first lawsuit has been filed against Illinois's new pension-reform law. According to Crain's Chicago Business, two groups representing educators claim it violates provisions of the Illinois Constitution.

The Illinois Retired Teachers Association and the School Administrators Association say the general assembly went against mandates in the Constitution when they reduced cost-of-living hikes and other benefits without the permission of workers and retirees.

Both Governor Pat Quinn and House Speaker Michael Madigan believe the new law is "constitutionally sound."

The law goes into effect June 30.

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