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John J Cullerton
Illinois pension reform law tossed by state judge

By Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge ruled on Friday that an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability is unconstitutional, handing a victory to labor unions and state retirees who challenged the law and an initial defeat to the state's efforts to fix its sagging finances. The judge's sweeping ruling will send the case to the Illinois Supreme Court for a final determination on the law's constitutionality. The Illinois Attorney General's Office, which is defending the law, said it will ask the high court for an expedited appeal. Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz, who ruled a day after hearing oral arguments on the...