It seems to me the recent Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8 in California holds a key to saving the state of Illinois from financial ruin. One thing few outside the state (and many within it) do not realize is that public employee pension cuts are literally unconstitutional. Article XIII, Section 5 expressly forbids it. However, the Proposition 8 decision shows that a state Governor can simply ignore provisions of state constitutions by having some plaintiff file suit against it and then refusing to defend it or permit anyone else to do so. The resulting summary judgement cannot be overturned in federal court, as per the ruling. One wonders why Governor Jerry Brown doesn’t do this to Proposition 13.