“The Senate bill included only the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) and the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS). Cullerton spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon said Friday that 'if there is a more comprehensive plan to address the other systems within that same framework, the Senate president would be open to that.'
“Cullerton has said that he thinks the choice provision is necessary in order for the reduction in pension benefits to be constitutional. Quinn said Friday that the pension bill would include constitutional 'backstops.' That could mean severability, so that if one part of the bill is ruled unconstitutional, the rest of the bill could remain in law.
Acknowledging that a court challenge to reducing pension benefits would be inevitable, Quinn said 'We will take on our legal opponents one by one and I think we will win...'"
Diane L. Hendren
Chief of Staff/ Director of Governmental Relations
Illinois Association of School Administrators