""The Supreme Court's decision confirms that benefits earned cannot be reduced. That's fair and right, and why the governor long maintained that SB 1 is unconstitutional. What is now clear is that a Constitutional Amendment clarifying the distinction between currently earned benefits and future benefits not yet earned, which would allow the state to move forward on common-sense pension reforms, should be part of any solution." -- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.
"As a result of this opinion, employees retiring from the State of Illinois should have confidence in their pensions. And our members, members of the State Universities Retirement System, can take comfort in knowing that their service to the students of this State did not deprive them of their retirement benefits." -- Linda Brookhart, executive director of the State Universities Annuitants Association
"There are no winners today. If there's any good news, it's that Chicago and Illinois are resilient, and we've responded to great challenges before." -- Ty Fahner, president of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago