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Public employees hope to slow down Supreme Court's review of pension law

Illinois' Attorney General wants to speed up a state supreme court review of a pension law. But public employees are hoping to slow down that process.  

Last month,  a Sangamon County judge overturned the law that would reduce pension benefits. The plan is estimated to save one billion dollars the first year. The judge found the law violates the state constitution's protection for public pensions.

Money is behind the arguments on both sides. The state won't be able to pocket savings if the case remains tied up in the judiciary. Employees realize a quick decision could move lawmakers to try another approach that would impact their retirement.  

In a Tuesday court filing, lawyers representing workers say the circumstances don't justify "a departure from a fair and orderly process."

Madigan asked for a decision to come in January.