Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Chicago Pension Law

Mar 24, 2016

Credit Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday struck down another attempt to control the cost of government pension benefits.

This time it was Chicago city employees and retirees whose pensions were being targeted. The retirement system for one set of workers is projected to be insolvent in about a decade.

In 2014, the Illinois General Assembly changed the rules, but in Thursday's 5-0 ruling, the Supreme Court found that unconstitutional.

Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey spoke with his colleague Amanda Vinicky about the decision.

The case is Jones v. Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago, No. 119618: