The Illinois Supreme Court will hear a case affecting public employee pensions.
The court agreed to a quick review. Justices want to see briefs submitted by January 12th and responses by February 27th. The court could hear the case by March.
Lawyers representing state employees, teachers, university workers and others have another month to respond. The Attorney General's office argued delays would be costly to taxpayers because the pension reductions are designed to save more than a billion dollars a year.
Governor Pat Quinn says without a retirement system overhaul, Illinois will spend more on pensions than education in the next five years. Quinn's office says under current projections, required state pension contributions will rise to over $6 billion in the next few years if no reform is enacted.