Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is hoping the Illinois Supreme Court can give lawmakers some help on how to fix the state’s pension problems. Rauner has never supported the 2013 pension fix, which was ruled unconstitutional in circuit court and will be argued in front of the Supreme Court in March. Rauner believes it will be struck down, and hopes the decision gives lawmakers some idea of what can pass constitutional muster.
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“I hope they don’t just say ‘this is out and it’s done, and it’s unconstitutional,’” Rauner said. “I hope they give us some guidance. They may or may not choose to do that.”
Rauner has advocated for keeping the current pension agreement in place, but moving public-sector workers to a 401(k)-style plan for future work.