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

6 hours ago in Local

A Hand Up for Minority Business

local_news_generic

ADME program

7 hours ago in Local

Memorial, St John’s Owed $76M

medical

State budget impasse is to blame

7 hours ago in Local

Opposition Mounts against Dunkin

ken dunkin

Republicans would welcome him

7 hours ago in Local

“Four Tops” Meet This Week

state_capitol_3

Rauner promises, but won't specify, compromises

1 day ago in Local

Chicago Officer Sues Estate of Teen He Shot, Claiming Trauma

wtax 011015

A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidently killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager's estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized.