Cook County judge has dismissed many of the claims by retired city workers.

Cook County judge has dismissed many of the claims by retired city workers who are trying to stop Mayor Rahm Emanuel from cutting off their health care benefits in a case likely headed to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Judge Neil Cohen ruled the only retirees who can continue to argue it is illegal for the city to diminish their health care subsidies are those who were hired before August 1989 and who retired after that date. That’s because subsequent amendments to the state pension code were for set periods of time, so later city workers had no right to assume their retiree health care deal would be guaranteed for life under the state constitution, Cohen ruled.

That still leaves several thousand retirees with the right to contest the reduction of their health care deals.

 

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