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Union applauds Illinois Supreme Court ruling

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CHICAGO (AP) - The state's largest public employees union is praising an Illinois Supreme Court opinion that backs constitutional protections for the health insurance benefits of retired state workers.

The head of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 says Thursday's ruling means "retirement security ... cannot be revoked by politicians."

AFSCME Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer also says the high court's ruling means state workers "can count on the Illinois Constitution to mean what it says."

The case involves state workers who retired with 20 or more years of service and whether they're entitled to premium-free health insurance. Under a new law, retirees had to cover part of the cost.

The justices sent the case back to a lower court, where retirees can proceed with their challenge.

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