JUDGE RULES retirees can be required to pay for health insurance benefits. See State Journal-Register, March 19: http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x1037524811/Judge-dismisses-lawsuits-challenging-retiree-health-insurance-premiums.
DECLINE IN State support likely to continue. See UIC News, March 20: http://news.uic.edu/higher-ed-likely-to-face-decline-in-state-support.HOUSE PASSES bill that would raise the retirement age to 67 for those hired after January 1, 2011. The bill would also change how cost-of-living adjustments are handled for pensioners. See Progress Illinois, March 21: http://www.progressillinois.com/news/content/2013/03/21/illinois-house-passes-pension-reform-legislation-focusing-colas?utm_source=PI+Extra+3.21.13&utm_campaign=PI+email+3.21.13&utm_medium=email.