Policy: Entitlements

Illinois AG pledges to defend pension overhaul


CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is drawing a clear line between a state Supreme Court decision on health benefits for state retirees and a legal challenge to a statewide pension overhaul.

Madigan spokeswoman Maura Possley said in a statement Thursday the high court's opinion "has no direct impact on the pension reform litigation arguments." She says the attorney general "will continue to vigorously defend the pension reform law."

Gov. Pat Quinn draws the same distinction. Quinn spokesman Gran Klinzman says the governor's office is confident the pension reform law will be upheld.

Their comments follow an Illinois Supreme Court ruling Thursday siding with retired state employees concerning health insurance premiums. The case is seen as a possible indicator of how the court will rule on the pension overhaul.

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