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More than 22,000 retired city workers want the Illinois Supreme Court — which decided a similar case in favor of state employees — to overturn Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to save $130 million a year by completing a three-year phase-out of the city’s 55-percent subsidy for retiree health care.

The motion for a so-called “direct appeal” while several lower court cases are pending is a legal long-shot.

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