“Given this well-documented history, it’s extremely hard to legitimately believe Illinois’ current situation is so surprising that the state constitution can be ignored and pension benefits unilaterally cut. As noted in my previous legal research, the pension clause does not support such a result.
James Madison was prescient when he wrote 226 years ago that “laws impairing the obligation of contracts are contrary to the first principles of the social compact and to every principle of sound legislation… One legislative interference is but the first link of a long chain of repetitions” (qtd. in Fliter and Hoff 20-21).
Fliter, John A. and Derek S. Hoff. Fighting Foreclosure: The Blaisdell Case, the Contract Clause, and the Great Depression. Kansas: the University Press of Kansas, 2012.