The Illinois Constitution says public employee pensions “shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.” Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, has said changing pension benefits for current employees is unconstitutional but plans to allow a vote in his chamber if the bill passes in the House.
“Half the people think that’s it,” McCarthy said of the hope that the law will not be struck down if it doesn’t affect judges. “Many of the members are legal people, so I think they have a vested interest in not irritating the judges they have to appear in front of.
“I’m sure no judge would do that, but you know.... I wish they were in, to tell you the truth.”
Rep. Rich Brauer, R-Petersburg, criticized the exclusion of judges.
“That’s the only way they can get that thing passed,” Brauer said.