News

State Will Stop Charging Retirees Premiums

State Will Stop Charging Retirees Premiums

A Sangamon County judge issued a preliminary injunction barring Illinois from collecting higher health care insurance premiums from retired state employees. In a 6-1 ruling in July, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision allowing the state to require retirees to pay for a portion of their own health care.

The court said state-subsidized health insurance is a protected pension benefit and the state cannot charge premiums for it. The state continued to deduct premiums from retiree pension checks because the Supreme Court sent the case back for reconsideration by the lower court.

The preliminary injunction issued Thursday by Judge Steven Nardulli stop the deductions. Officials say the withholdings should stop for checks going out October 1. Unresolved is how to return premiums paid since July 1, 2013.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Durbin Disappointed in Quick Fixes for Highway Funding and Import Export Bank

Dick Durbin

Dick Durbin hopes those issues will be addressed when Congress returns in September.

in Local

Kelly Contemplates Another Run for Office

william j kelly

William Kelly has run for several offices and says the Illinois GOP has gotten away from it's values.

in Local

Hastert Closes PAC, Moves Money to Legal Defense Fund

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert arrives at the federal courthouse, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Chicago for his arraignment on federal charges that he broke federal banking laws and lied about the money when questioned by the FBI. The indictment two weeks ago alleged Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from his days as a high school teacher not to reveal a secret about past misconduct.

Former Speaker of the House under investigation for violating banking laws and lying to the FBI.

in Local

Task Force Hopes to Help Mitsubishi and It’s Employees

mitsubishi

Task force includes Governor Rauner and Congressmen Durbin, Kirk, and Rodney Davis.

in Local

St. Clair County Sheriff Passes on U.S. House Bid

rick watson

Sheriff Rick Watson has declined a run for the house in the 12th Congressional District.