Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz ruled Friday in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the state’s landmark pension overhaul. The state is expected to appeal the ruling directly to the Illinois Supreme Court.
The lawsuit, which follows others already filed by retirees, argues the pension bill approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn more than a month ago violates a clause of the state constitution that says pension benefits may not be cut.
The Illinois State Employees Association Retirees and the Retired State Employees Association filed separate class-action lawsuits in Sangamon County Circuit Court on behalf of their members.
Health officials investigating the cases have been unable to track the illness to any particular food source, said Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold.
A downstate judge says the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service may now begin canceling its adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities.
A report filed in Sangamon County court says the former mayor of Springfield, who committed suicide last year, wrote himself nearly $80,000 in checks from the estate of a dead cousin.