Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law last month SB1313, which put an end to the state entirely paying for the health care of retired public employees. However, these retirees don't know how much they must now pay for their health care. That is currently being negotiated between the state and the AFSCME, the union representing state workers. But the negotiations are just part of the equation.
According to SB1313, a state agency, Illinois Department of Central Management, would figure out how much retirees should pay in health care.
Adding to the uncertainty, two lawsuits were filed last week that claim the law violates the state constitution's pension clause by breaking a contractual promise made with state workers.