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Quinn Signs Pension Bill; Cue Courts

Thu, 05 Dec 2013 16:57:31 CST
By: AP

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law a landmark overhaul aimed at fixing Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis. The law reducing retirement benefits for state employees takes effect in June, but court challenges are expected. Several unions have called the benefit cuts unconstitutional. Illinois' unfunded pension system is considered the worst in the nation after lawmakers skipped or shorted payments for years. The legislation was unveiled last week and is expected to save $160 billion over three decades. Among other things, the plan signed into law today pushes back the retirement age on a sliding scale for those 45 and younger. It also caps the salary on which a pension benefit is based and lowers the employee contribution.

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