A law aimed at tackling the Chicago Park District's pension program is facing a court challenge after current and former workers filed a lawsuit against the city last week seeking to undo the changes.
The pension law, which was enacted in January 2014, scaled back cost-of-living adjustments and made other changes to disability benefits and the retirement age for park district employees.
The workers and their union, SEIU* 73, argue in the suit that the pension changes go against the Illinois Constitution's pension clause, which states that contractual pension benefits cannot be reduced.
The suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, comes after a Cook County judge struck down an overhaul of Chicago's Municipal Employees and Laborers pension funds in July. The judge said the pension changes were unconstitutional. The Emanuel administration is appealing the ruling to the Illinois Supreme Court, which overturned a state pension-cutting law in May.
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