- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County judge says she’ll decide later this month on whether an overhaul of two Chicago retirement systems is constitutional.

Chicago’s WBEZ reported Thursday (https://bit.ly/1gqVGXh ) that Circuit Court Judge Rita Novak heard more than two hours of arguments from attorneys representing the city and unions, workers and retirees. The Chicago Tribune (https://trib.in/1LUKNZI) says Novak will issue a written decision on July 24.

Chicago’s overhaul of pension systems for city laborers and workers took effect this year.

Opponents, including unions, say they filed the lawsuit based on the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in May finding a 2013 statewide pension law unconstitutional.

City attorney Stephen Patton says if the law is voided, the pension systems will run out of money.

The matter could end up before the state’s high court.


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