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Ill. labor unions sue over plan to cut pensions

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Labor unions filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to throw out Illinois’ new law aimed at eliminating a worst-in-the-nation pension shortfall, a long-anticipated move that could delay implementation of the landmark measure.

On the eve of a State of the State address by Gov. Pat Quinn, who faces a tough re-election campaign, lawyers for the We Are One Illinois coalition of unions filed the lawsuit in Sangamon County Circuit court. The lawsuit, which follows others already filed by retirees, argues the pension bill approved by the Legislature and Quinn signed more than a month ago violates a clause of the state constitution that says pension benefits may not be cut. It also asks the court to stop the law from taking effect until the case is decided.

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