Judge’s ruling delays implementation of pension changes

Court Grants Coalition’s Request for Temporary Restraining Order to Stop Implementation of Senate Bill 1

Today, the Sangamon County Circuit Court granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) and a preliminary injunction, as requested by the We Are One Illinois coalition and its plaintiffs, against Senate Bill 1 (Public Act 98-599).

This stays the legislation in its entirety so that defendants are enjoined from implementing or administering any provisions of the act until further order of the court or the court issues a final ruling on the merits of the act’s constitutionality.
The court found that plaintiffs have shown a likelihood of success on their contention that Public Act 98-599 violates the Pension Protection Clause of the Illinois Constitution.

“This is an important first step in our efforts to overturn this unfair, unconstitutional bill and to protect retirement security for working and retired Illinois families,” said Michael T. Carrigan, president of the Illinois AFL-CIO, on behalf of the coalition. “We are pleased the court prudently chose not to implement this legislation, which has caused so much fear and uncertainty and is likely to be overturned.”

Judge’s ruling delays implementation of pension changes
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A 7th Judicial Circuit Court judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the implementation of the new state pension law until a lawsuit disputing the changes is heard.Judge John Belz made the ruling Wednesday.Five different lawsuits have been…