Rutherford: pension plan won't hold up in court

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 11:50 a.m.CDT
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(Seth Perlman)
FILE - In this June 3, 2013 file photo, Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Rutherford speaks with reporters in Springfield, Ill. While the fate of the emerging but tentative pension reform deal lies with rank and file lawmakers next week in Springfield, it also is putting the challengers to Gov. Pat Quinn on the spot. Rutherford and the three other Republicans in the race don't want to be seen as opposing pension reform, but they also don't want the legislature to hand Quinn a big victory after he has championed the issue almost exclusively for two years. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford says he doesn't support pension legislation that state lawmakers are set to consider this week.

In a statement Monday, the Republican candidate for governor says he doesn't believe the proposal will "withstand judicial review" if it's approved by the Legislature.

State Sen. Bill Brady is the only Republican running for governor to support the proposal. Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner opposes it and state Sen. Kirk Dillard has said he wants additional hearings on the measure before deciding how to vote.

Gov. Pat Quinn and fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tio Hardiman support the plan.

Legislative leaders announced some details of the deal last week that's aimed aimed at solving the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis. It's could save about $160 billion over three decades.

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