- Associated Press - Thursday, July 3, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker who helped craft the state’s effort to repair its public pension system says a state Supreme Court ruling may predict how the court will view those fixes.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul was reacting to Thursday’s court opinion, which sided with retired state employees concerning health insurance premiums.

Raoul is an attorney who chaired the conference committee that produced last year’s compromise pension reform law. He calls Thursday’s ruling “a forceful decision” affirming the state constitution protects public employee benefits.

But Raoul says the ruling didn’t speak directly to the argument that the state can take extraordinary steps during a fiscal emergency.

He says lawmakers “must wait for the specifics of future opinions” to guide their next steps.

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