Friday, May 08, 2015
In Re Pension Reform Litigation
The General Assembly may find itself in crisis, but it is a crisis which other public pension systems managed to avoid and ... it is a crisis for which the General Assembly itself is largely responsible.
It is our obligation, however, just as it is theirs, to ensure that the law is followed. That is true at all times. It is especially important in times of crisis when, as this case demonstrates, even clear principles and long-standing precedent are threatened. Crisis is not an excuse to abandon the rule of law. It is a summons to defend it.
-- Republican Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, in the unanimous opinion In Re Pension Reform Litigation, 8 May 2015