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Kanerva v. Weems

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Illinois Supreme Court Rules that Retiree Health Subsidies are Constitutionally Protected Benefits

Franczek Radelet P.C • July 11, 2014
In a 6-1 decision that may have significant ramifications, the Illinois Supreme Court held in Kanerva v. Weems that state-subsidized retiree medical premiums for certain public sector retirees are a protected benefit under the pension protection clause of the Illinois Constitution. This decision is important because it may significantly restrain the state’s ability to address escalating retiree medical costs by reducing the subsidies that it provides to active retirees.