A retired judge is suing the state of Illinois for making retirees pay for medical insurance. Gordon Maag claims the new law violates Article 13 of the Illinois Constitution, which guarantees retirement benefits cannot be diminished or impaired. State employees were promised free health insurance if they worked at least 20 years with the state.
Lawmakers were given the same deal if they worked four years and judges if they worked six. Maag says the new law indeed diminishes and impairs the benefits he and other retirees should be entitled to. He's asking his suit be declared a class-action suit on behalf of all retirees affected by the new law.