The state’s Supreme Court has shot down the 2013 pension reform law passed by the Illinois legislature. In a unanimous decision, justices ruled the law violates the state constitution provision that protects pensions from being reduced. The law changed how pensions are calculated and also changed cost of living payments.
The court said it was not trying to minimize the financial problems facing the state and local governments, but stated "Crisis is not an excuse to abandon the rule of the law." Governor Rauner was counting on more than a billion-dollars in savings from the law in his budget calculations.