* Most figured it would be a couple of years before this played itself out, so this AP story isn’t too surprising…
A ruling on whether Illinois’ pension overhaul law is constitutional could be delayed until next year after a Sangamon County judge decided Thursday he wants to hear all the arguments raised on the issue.
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported Friday that Circuit Judge Jon Belz rejected the proposal by lawyers for retiree groups challenging the law to first rule on whether the plan violates the state Constitution’s prohibition on diminishing or impairing pension benefits.
Belz ruled that it could lead to piecemeal opinions on various aspects of the law, actually prolonging the final resolution.
The schedule the judge laid out would take the case into December.