- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - State workers behind a challenge to an Illinois pension law declared unconstitutional are opposing the government’s attempt to have it speedily heard by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked the court last week to hasten its schedule for considering the case. She argues that the government needs a decision quickly because if it can’t implement the law, it would have to find a way to make up about $1 billion in savings in the first year.

But attorneys for the employees say in a Tuesday filing that the state’s motion is based on a “false sense of urgency.”

They argue that rights will be protected through the normal “orderly process.”

The law was written to reduce pension benefits to close an approximately $100 billion state pension debt.

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