A federal appeals court has given Emanuel the green light to save $27 million in 2015 by forging ahead with a three-year phase-out of the city’s 55-percent city subsidy for retiree health care. In July, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that subsidized health care premiums for state employees are protected under the state Constitution.

Comment: As we noted earlier, it was odd to see this case brought in a Federal (i.e., real) court. Pension reformers need to try to keep as much litigation there as possible.