Schimpf issued the following statement:
"After careful review of the language of the conference committee report on SB 1 and Illinois case law, I have concluded that this bill violates provisions of the Illinois Constitution and will not survive legal review under contracts law. As such, it does not provide a meaningful solution to our state's pension challenge and only delays ultimate resolution of this issue. Consequently, I urge Illinois lawmakers to vote against this finalized pension reform bill.
"It is unfortunate that our current Attorney General has failed to provide the necessary guidance to our legislators. She has not provided a timely opinion on the constitutionality of either the House or Senate versions of the pension reform bill."
Saddam Hussein prosecutor and retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Paul Schimpf filed to run for Illinois Attorney General on November 27th, 2013. Schimpf was the lead American Attorney-Advisor to the Iraqi prosecutors in the Saddam Hussein trial. He is unopposed in the Republican primary for Attorney General and will face incumbent Democrat Lisa Madigan in November of 2014.