No. 79592.

672 N.E.2d 1159 (1996)

173 Ill.2d 433

220 Ill.Dec. 147

James McNAMEE et al., Appellees, v. The STATE of Illinois et al., Appellants.

Supreme Court of Illinois.

October 18, 1996.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James E. Ryan, Attorney General, Springfield (Barbara A. Preiner, Solicitor General, and Jerald S. Post, Assistant Attorney General, Chicago, of counsel), for appellants.

Richard J. Puchalski of Sklodowski, Franklin, Puchalski & Reimer, Chicago, for appellees.

Beth Anne Janicki, Springfield, for amicus curiae Illinois Municipal League.

Justice NICKELS delivered the opinion of the court:

In this appeal, we decide whether an amendment to section 3-127 of the Illinois Pension Code (Pub. Act 87-1265, eff. January 25, 1993 (amending 40 ILCS 5/3-127 (West 1992))) violates section 5 of article XIII of the Illinois Constitution of 1970 (Ill. Const.1970, art. XIII, § 5). Plaintiffs include the Illinois Police Pension Fund Association, the Palos Heights and Streamwood police pension funds and several...

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