News

Pension Reform on Hold; AFSCME Readying for Court Battle

Pension Reform on Hold; AFSCME Readying for Court Battle

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Wednesday’s ruling by a Sangamon County judge is a small victory for state workers, according to AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Henry Bayer.

The pension overhaul law was set to go into effect June 1st and Bayer says the temporary injunction order will maintain the status quo.

“This is a important step forward. First of all, for our members, the people we represent. There has been much confusion and angst that this legislation has caused not knowing what decisions they might have to make in regards to their retirement, when they should retire” says Bayer.

Five lawsuits representing various employee groups were consolidated into one and now the court will be asked to rule on the law’s constitutionality. The law cannot take effect until that’s determined.

It is not clear whether the Illinois Attorney General’s Office will file an appeal.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Catherine Zeta-Jones to play drug kingpin in new biopic

Fresh
zetajones

The actress will play Griselda Blanco, the first and only woman to rise to the high ranks of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel.

in Music

Eddie Vedder covers John Lennon for charity

Fresh
vedder

The rocker released a cover of the peace anthem "Imagine" in a bid to raise funds for a charity supporting unity in the Middle East.

in Music

Earth, Wind & Fire revamp classic for Christmas

earthwindfire

The veteran soul group have reworked their 1978 disco anthem "September" for a new holiday album.