Illinois' controversial pension overhaul is facing another legal challenge by state workers.
Current and past workers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Parkland Community College filed a lawsuit Thursday, claiming the law violates the Illinois constitution, which states that contractual pension benefits cannot be reduced.
The lawsuit, filed in Champaign County Circuit Court, also charges that the pension measure goes against the constitutional clause that reads, "Private property shall not be taken or damaged for public use without just compensation as provided by law. Such compensation shall be determined by a jury as provided."
This is the fifth lawsuit that has been filed to challenge the pension reform measure, which was passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn in December.
The four other lawsuits were filed by groups representing state retirees, and were consolidated by the Illinois Supreme Court in Sangamon County Circuit Court earlier this week.