The Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) claims the law will strip public workers of their constitutionally-guaranteed pension benefits. IRTA represents about 35,000 retired teachers. They say most retired teachers don't have large pensions, with the average about $48,000 a year.
IRTA leaders say they will likely join forces with other public employee organizations to contest the constitutionality of the law. In addition to all their other concerns, groups like IRTA say the whole passage and signing happened too quick for comfort. They don't believe lawmakers or the governor had ample time to read through the 325-page bill.
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