Alton, IL

Court Sides With Retirees On Pension Issues

Story by WBGZ Radio

Retired workers in Illinois can move forward with their case to keep getting free healthcare coverage.  The state's Supreme Court ruled a law which forces retired workers to pay insurance premiums is unconstitutional.  Many of the retirees were eligible to get free healthcare coverage in retirement if they'd worked for the state for more than 20 years.  But the state cut those benefits back in 2012, claiming that health care benefits weren't protected within a pension package. 

The retiree's claimed that was a violation of a clause in the constitution which says pension benefits can't be diminished or impaired.  The justices sided with the retirees and pushed the case back to the lower courts.

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