SPRINGFIELD - Attorney General Lisa Madigan swore to uphold the Illinois and U.S. Constitution when she took her place as Illinois highest law enforcement officer, so there were questions about how she would come down on the pension reform constitutionality.
After all, it was her father - as Speaker of the House and head of the Illinois Democrat Party - that pushed through the latest pension reform that public sector unions are challenging before the state's Supreme Court.
Tuesday, Republican candidate for attorney general Paul Schimpf pointed out AG Madigan's filed opinion on pension reform which supported Speaker Madigan's perspective. Thus far, the State Supreme Court is making preliminary decisions that suggest they are likely to disagree with AG Madigan as well as her father.
In her legal briefs filed on pension reform, Lisa Madigan contends that the pension provisions of the Illinois Constitution do not apply during an emergency or crisis such as the current pension shortfall.
Paul Schimpf says he completely rejects the Madigans' argument.
“Constitutional provisions apply at all times. In fact, the whole purpose of having a Constitution is to protect us from politicians citing ‘emergencies’ as the basis for dubious legislation," Schimpf said in a statement. "When a government makes promises that retirees rely upon, those promises must be kept."
Schimpf said as Attorney General, his loyalty will be to the Illinois Constitution, not to the legislative agenda of the Madigan Family.