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Crippled by Pension Debt, Pennsylvania City Seeks Bankruptcy (1)

Nov. 10, 2022, 9:41 PM

Chester, Pennsylvania, a city near Philadelphia that’s been contending with financial distress for decades, filed for bankruptcy protection because of a massive debt to its employee pension funds.

Michael Doweary, a state-appointed receiver empowered to oversee the city’s finances, filed the petition under Chapter 9 of the US Bankruptcy Code in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The filing will protect the city from creditors while it works on a plan to steady its finances.

The one-time industrial city, whose population has tumbled since the 1950s, joins a rare group of local governments that have filed for bankruptcy. Vallejo, California, Detroit ...