CHICAGO — As Illinois lawmakers face mounting pressure to ease the strains of pension funding, a new report from Senate Democrats throws cold water on the idea of reducing future benefits for current employees, contending any legislative curbs would run afoul of the state’s constitution.

The 76-page analysis, “Pensions and Illinois’ Constitution,” was written by Eric Madiar, chief legal counsel to Senate President John Cullterton. The report seeks to counter arguments put forward by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and opinions endorsed by several Chicago law firms over the legality of benefit cuts.

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