Quinn 'confident' high court will uphold pension law after judge finds it unconstitutional

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CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn says legal challenges were expected with a pension overhaul that's been found unconstitutional by a Sangamon County judge and he'll urge the Illinois Supreme Court to take it up.

In a statement Friday, Quinn's spokesman Grant Klinzman says the historic law eliminates the state's unfunded liability and stabilizes the systems.

Illinois has the worst pension system in the nation with roughly $100 billion in unfunded liability. Quinn signed an overhaul last year that reduces benefits for retirees, but also reduces employee contributions.

The lawsuit argued that the Constitution prohibits reducing benefits or compensation.

A Sangamon County judge struck down the law Friday, saying the law is unconstitutional.

But Klinzman says that the governor's office is "confident" the state's high court will uphold the "urgently-needed" law.

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