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State Argues Constitution Not Absolute, Supreme Court Skeptical

{ Submitted by Adam.S on Sat, 2015-03-14 20:52 }

The State of Illinois, in oral hearings last week, tried to convince the Illinois State Supreme Court that constitutional limits on the power of government are not absolute and may be set aside when authorities deem necessary. At issue were five class action suits brought by retiree groups and unions against the State of Illinois. Legislation enacted in 2013 reduced benefits previously earned.

A Sangamon County judge declared the legislation unconstitutional in 2014. The State appealed. Aaron Maduff, representing the State University Annuitants Association, argued that constitutions were more than "guidelines." The State argued that it had unwritten "police powers" which enabled it to set the constitution aside when needed. A decision is expected by the end of May.