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State

Lawyers: Factor court decision into pensions case

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawyers representing state retiree groups say they aim to use a recent Supreme Court decision on health care benefits as a way to expedite their case challenging Illinois' pension legislation.

Attorneys told Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz on Tuesday they'd be filing a motion asking him to factor the July 3 ruling into the state's argument defending the pension legislation.

The court's ruling reversed a lower court decision that effectively allowed the state to require retirees to pay for part of their health care.

The groups challenging the pension law say the same issue is central to their case. They say the law violates the state constitution which says public employee benefits cannot be "diminished or impaired."

The state says it has expanded authority during times of crisis.

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