Illinois Supreme Court deals Emanuel a blow on pension cost-cutting effort

March 24, 2016 2:07 PM

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The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday dealt Mayor Rahm Emanuel a blow in his effort to shore up two city worker pension funds, finding unconstitutional a law that sought to cut benefits and require employees to pay more toward their retirement.

The state's high court agreed with a Cook County judge who found that the state law that Emanuel pushed through in 2014 violated a clause in the Illinois Constitution that states pension benefits once granted "shall not be diminished or impaired."

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