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When the Illinois Supreme Court decisively rejected Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to keep two city worker pension systems from going broke, City Hall told nervous credit-rating agencies it would have an alternate fix within weeks.

Nearly seven weeks later, Emanuel’s top aides have yet to propose any new ideas, much less file the state legislation that would be needed to make it reality.

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Dr X

Whats nine fingers real objective? To run out the clock and let the funds go dry? Didnt the court say the city is responsible to fund the different pension entities? Is the ruling on healthcare for retirees make the hole even deeper?

J.A. Herzrent
The court said what he couldn’t do — which was to implement a law aimed at fixing the problem. Whether it would have fixed the problem or not is beside the point. It seems that the court will continue to rule out any solutions that involve failing to meet all promises made including public employee expectations that the benefits can’t be cut as long as they live. The fact that those promises are unsustainable did not enter into the court’s thinking. Luckily, however, the court cannot force tax increases or appropriations. Neither can the mayor. Only the legislature can do that. Voters (primarily taxpayers) elect legislators. It’s… Read more »