Illinois Supreme Court denies motion for extra time in pension appeal case

CHICAGO — The Illinois Supreme Court this morning has denied a request by lawyers contesting the Illinois law that overhauls the state pension program.

Plaintiffs had requested the court for an extra month to file arguments but the court had agreed in December to a request from the defendants to fast-track the appeal of a lower court’s ruling.

The state argued earlier this month that in a crisis, officials may use “police powers” to fix a problem. Lawmakers changed the law in 2013 to reduce benefits and raise the retirement age designed to reduce the $111 billion pension debt.