Rep. Morrison Responds to IL Supreme Court Decision that 2013 Pension Reform Law is Unconstitutional

In response to today’s Illinois Supreme Court rejection of Illinois’ 2013 pension reform law on grounds that it is unconstitutional, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) has issued the following statement:

“Now that our state’s highest court has agreed with a Sangamon County judge’s decision that the pension law is unconstitutional, we must renew our efforts to address the pension crisis. The daunting $111 billion unfunded pension obligation is siphoning money away from key budget areas of education, public safety, transportation and services for our vulnerable citizens. Our budgets will suffer until this crisis is properly addressed.”

“Pensions are consuming too much of the state’s revenues and until we get to the root of the issue, which is the unyielding pension language in the Illinois Constitution, we will continue to be saddled with too much debt. The justices pointed to specific language in the Constitution which states that benefits cannot be ‘diminished or impaired’. Until we amend that language, efforts to reform the pension systems will likely fail.”