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PA 98-0599 (Senate Bill 1)

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May 8, 2015

Illinois Supreme Court Declares Public Act 98-599 Unconstitutional
Click Here to read SUAA Executive Director Linda Brookhart's Statement



April 15, 2015

State Retirees' Lawyers to Get $1.5 Million for Work on Health Insurance Case
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April 1, 2015

Judge Hears Arguments on Attorney Fees in State Retiree Insurance Case
Click Here to read the article in the State Journal Register

March 11, 2015
Illinois Pension Law Greeted with Court Skepticism
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March 11, 2015
Illinois Supreme Court Hears Arguments in State Pension Case
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The Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the pension reform lawsuit case on March 11, 2015.
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Brief of Plaintiffs-Appellees State Universities Annuitants
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January 22, 2015
Supreme Court denied all of the Amicus Briefs - one filed by the Attorney General and the 10 in support of the Attorney General. As a result the motion for extension will be denied as moot. Therefore the plaintiff's response brief will only need to address the State's opening brief!
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January 14, 2015
Amicus Briefs Filed in Support of Senate Bill 1
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Click Here to read Amicus City of Chicago Brief
Click Here to read Brief Final with Appendix.pdf

SUAA Mini Briefing 11.21.2014 - SUAA Declares Victory
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November 21, 2014
Judges Order
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SUAA Mini Briefing 11.20.2014 - Pension Hearing
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SUAA Mini Briefing 11.07.2014
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SUAA Mini Briefing 11.05.2014
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October 14, 2014
SUAA Attorney Aaron Maduff with Pension LawsuitUpdate
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October 9, 2014
Judge Will Hear Arguments Next Month That Could Speed Pension Reform Ruling
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September 09, 2014
SUAA Attorney Aaron Maduff - Pension Lawsuit Update of August 28, 2014
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September 09, 2014

SUAA Attorney Aaron Maduff with Update on Lawsuit Over Pension Reform
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September 04, 2014

Judge: Insurance ruling will factor into pension reform decision
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July 25, 2014
SUAA Attorney Aaron Maduff, PreTrial Preps on SUAA Pension Lawsuit
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July 22, 2014
Lawyers Will Push to Speed up Pension Reform Ruling
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July 14, 2014
Moody's says Illinois Supreme Court Casts Doubt on Pension Reform
Click Here to read the Article in Crain's Chicago Business

July 2, 2014
SUAA Attorney Aaron Maduff, Update on Lawsuits Against State over Pension Reform
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May 23, 2014
SUAA Attorney Aaron Maduff, on the SUAA Suit Against Pension Reform
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May 16, 2014
Illinois Attorney General Answers and Defenses to Pension Lawsuit in Sangamon County.

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May 16, 2014
Sangamon County Court Injuction Hearing on PA 98-0599 Transcript 05.14.2014
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May 16, 2014
Attorney General Madigan Defends State Pension Law.
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Click Here to read The Attorney General's response to State Universities Annuitants Association vs SURS

May 13, 2014

Sangamon County granted SUAA's Motion and We Are One's Motion for temporary restraining order and injunction of the pension law.
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May 13, 2014
Press Release: SUAA and IL Attorney General reach agreement on implementation of State's new pension law.
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May 13, 2014
"Deal Reached on University Pensions"
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May 12, 2014
Joint Motion to Enter Agreed Interim Order
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May 12, 2014
Agreed Interim Order Concerning Implementation of PA 98-599.
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May 2, 2014
Press Release for SUAA Motion for Injunctive Relief.
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May 2, 2014
SUAA Motion for Injunctive Relief Filed in Sangamon County 05.02.2014.
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March 25, 2014
Motion to oppose SUAA Lawsuit Consolidation in Springfield.
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March 19, 2014
SUAA Lawsuit Complaint (Updated)
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February 26, 2014
SUAA Lawsuit Press Release
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February 26, 2014
SUAA Lawsuit Update for SB 1 (PA 98-0599)
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PA 97-695 (Kanerva vs. Weems)



February 10, 2015
To All SURS University Retirees who are part of the Kanerva Lawsuit:
SUAA's attorneys are still working diligently to significantly reduce the amount of attorneys' fees and costs that might be taken out of the health insurance refunds. Because any member of the class will be paying a portion of their refund towards attorneys' fees the law requires that they be given an opportunity to object. In this case, each member that does not opt-out may file a written objection. We have created a simple online form that you can complete that will generate a written objection to Class Counsel. The form also provides you the opportunity to give SUAA's lawyers your contact information in the event additional support is needed.
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SUAA Mini Briefing 12.23.2014
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October 1, 2014
State Halts Insurance Deduction From Pension Checks; Refund Timing Uncertain
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September 09, 2014
SUAA Attorney Aaron Maduff - Pension Lawsuit Update of August 28, 2014
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July 10, 2014

Insurance Refunds for State Retirees in Flux
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August 28, 2014
Court Rules State Retirees Can Stop Paying Health Insurance Premiums
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August 28, 2014
Department of Central Management Services repealed emergency amendments to State Employees Group Insurance Program Retiree Premium (80 IAC 2200;38 Ill Reg 17793) effective 8/11/14. The repealed rules increased health insurance premium contributions for State retirees, annuitants and survivors effective 7/1/14. The underlying Public Act (97-695) requiring retirees who had formerly not been required to pay health insurance premiums to begin doing so was largely ruled unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court in Kanerva vs. Weems on 7/3/14. From the Flinn Report - Illinois Regulation Vol. 38

August 25, 2014
SUAA Motion and Memorandum to Strike the Reserved Sovereign Powers Affirmative Defense Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-615
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August 22, 2014
Declaration of Linda Brookhart to the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit
Pertaining to the Irrevocable Election
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August 20, 2014
Letter to the Editor from SUAA Executive Director Linda Brookhart
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August 08, 2014
Letter to CMS from SUAA Attorney Maduff
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July 23, 2014
Letter to Governor Quinn from SUAA Executive Director Linda Brookhart
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July 3, 2014
State Universities Retirees and State Retirees Health Insurance Lawsuit was Overturned by the Supreme Court.
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