– John Dillon is a retired teacher, pension rights activist and blogger.
In her argumentative response to Sangamon County’s Judge Belz concerning petitions by We Are One and other legal teams seeking a stay or injunction on the implementation of SB1 (PA 98-599), Attorney General Lisa Madigan provided a summative assertion of the legitimacy of PA 98-599, given the State’s Police Powers. In other words, the Attorney General was invoking the right of sovereignty of the State of Illinois.
Recall that Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request to Judge Belz for “Reserved Sovereign Powers” described the state’s overrule of the possibility of a determination of PA98-599 being found unconstitutional or of anyone bringing such a complaint against the state.
“All causes of action asserted in the Plaintiffs’ Complaint fail to state a claim and are barred because Public Act 98-599 (the ‘Act’) is a permissible exercise of the State of Illinois’ reserved sovereign powers (sometimes referred to as the State’s police powers). Plaintiffs cannot sustain their burden of establishing that Public Act 98-599 is unconstitutional “ (http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/sites/default/files/article/file-attachments/PENSION REFORM LIT 14-MR-1 HARRISON ANSWER (14-CH-48)_05-15-2014_16-13-28.pdf ).
All states including Illinois exercise powers of sovereignty, but to a lesser degree than called for by Attorney General Madigan. Sovereignty, at its most base and fundamental application is quite simply the power to forcibly coerce individuals or citizens residing within its boundaries.