2013 Pension Reform Law May End Up in U.S. Supreme Court

An Illinois Supreme Court ruling earlier this year appeared to have killed, once and for all, any debate about the pension reform law passed in 2013, but there are now signs that Attorney General Lisa Madigan may be prepared to take the fight all the way to the United States Supreme Court.


The Attorney General’s petition to the nation’s highest court includes:

“The principal questions presented are (1) whether the reserved powers doctrine prevents a State from abdicating its police powers authority to modify its own contractual obligations in extreme circumstances that imperil the general welfare and (2) if not, whether the Illinois Supreme Court identified the correct standard by which the validity of a State’s exercise of its police power is judged.”

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