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The Illinois Supreme Court is going to hear oral arguments on the pension law in March.  They're rushing to get to the case so lawmakers will know how to move forward when they build the budget for next year.  A judge in Springfield struck the law down last month.  He says it cuts benefits for retired and state workers, and depending on how you read the state's constitution, that's illegal.  The pension clause says benefits can't be reduced or diminished.  The Springfield judge says that clause is absolute and lawmakers can't change it when things aren't going their way.  Right now, the state has a 100-billion-dollar pension shortfall.

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