Retired state employees sue over pension reform law

By WEEK Producer

Retired state employees sue over pension reform law

January 2, 2014 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 4:56 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Retired State Employees Association is the latest group to sue the state of Illinois over the new pension reform law.

The group, which includes more than 9,000 members, filed the lawsuit on Thursday in Sangamon County Court.

According to the State Journal Register, the lawsuit argues that the pension reform law violates the clause in the state constitution that says pension benefits “shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired”.

The lawsuit says pension reform “rewrites history and proposes to balance the state budget on the backs of retirees, making retirees the scapegoat for the state’s fiscal sins”.

The group is requesting that the government create an escrow account to hold money that might be owed to retirees if the pension reform law is struck down.

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