“The state wants to change the rules after people have already retired. Not only is it unjust, we believe it is unconstitutional because of the article in the Illinois constitution that says that a pension is a contract and the rights cannot be diminished,” Uphoff says.
Uphoff says the proposal interferes with the ability of retirees to plan their long-term finances. She says the union is instead urging the House to take up Senate Bill 2404. She says that proposal reduces current members benefits, but leaves the cost-of-living increase intact for retirees.