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    The Week in Public Finance: Court Strikes Down Chicago Pension Reforms, Pennsylvania Ends Budget Standoff and More

    A roundup of money (and other) news governments can use.
    BY  MARCH 24, 2016

    What Will Chicago Do Now?

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday ruled unconstitutional Chicago’s attempt to reduce its massive pension liabilities.

    The decision, which affirms lower court rulings, doesn't come as a big surprise given that the state's highest court issued a similar ruling 10 months ago regarding Illinois’ proposed pension cuts. Still, it’s a blow to Chicago and its mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who had hoped the cuts would save the city hundreds of millions of dollars. Chicago is short $20 billion across five pension plans (including public schools), and the poor financial health of the retirement system has resulted in downgrades from credit ratings agencies.

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