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Judge Rules Chicago Pension Reforms Unconstitutional

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Judge Rules Chicago Pension Reforms Unconstitutional

Nearly everybody in Chicago has been waiting for the other shoe to drop ever since the Illinois Supreme Court overturned state pension reforms, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been hoping against hope.

On Friday, July 24th, Cook County Court Judge Rita Novak upset the apple cart by overturning the city’s recent reforms to two pension plans.

In her ruling, Judge Novak cited the “crystal-clear direction” given by the Illinois Supreme Court in its interpretation of the Illinois Constitution that members in a government employee pension system “shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.”

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