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Cracking Open… “Corruptions” (SB2499)

“I first learned of the state level pension abuse from openthebooks.com” Sen. Matt Murphy, sponsor of SB2499.

Yesterday at a Blue Room press conference at the Thompson Center, Chicago- Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) and I unveiled Senate Bill 2499: government pensions for government work, period.

Union leaders who are not government employees are draining tens of millions from our city and state government pension plans. The Chicago Tribune called the practice at the city level, “pension corruption.” We’ve identified that the scam is even larger at the state level.

Watch the brief video of my remarks, here.

Abuse of public pensions is not limited to union leadership. The clouted non-profits are exploiting it too.

In fact, 3 of the top 6 municipal pensions go to retirees from private, non-profit organizations. Visit www.openthebooks.com and choose RETIRED; VILLAGE TOWNSHIP COUNTY. Pension payouts range from $15,000 to $20,000 per month.

But, it wasn’t enough to have sweetheart, insider access to the government pension; each organization also participated in extreme end-of-career salary spiking to maximize their lifetime payout.

• In 2001, the Park District Risk Management Agency- Chief Executive Officer made $203,813. By 2005, she had final year salary of $346,863. Review history, here.

• In 2006, the Illinois Association of Park Districts- Chief Executive Officer made $183,236. By 2009, he had a final salary of $341,414. That’s a spike of $158,178. Review history, here.

• In 2007, the Illinois Municipal League Executive Director made $379,348 in his final year- a stunning spike of $167,000! Review history, here.

Here’s the point: all this happened with little or no accountability or public oversight. These are not government entities. Their salaries were not subject approval by an elected board or elected public official. And the salaries determine the taxpayer guaranteed pension payout.

Let’s work together to stop the abuse. Forward this email. It’s time to end the corruption.

Adam Andrzejewski
For The Good of Illinois | Founder

PS: Call your member of the general assembly – Look up their name and phone number. Explain your strong support for SB2499. Please, get your family and friends to do the same.

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4 Responses to "Cracking Open… “Corruptions” (SB2499)"

  1. Comment by sicandtired on October 27, 2011 at 10:16 am said:

    Way past time to rid our state of this type of pillaging of tax payers in Illinois. We all understand the progressive movement and their incestuous relationship with the unions is responsible for this criminal activity therefore laws must be made and enforced holding politicians accountable even after the fact by confiscating their personnal propert,y all monies, and pensions to repay the citizens for the crimes they have committed agains of this lost state.

  2. Comment by Kay Melton, IL on October 27, 2011 at 10:17 am said:

    Thanks for exposing these things. Now if we could just get them stopped.

  3. Comment by sicandtired on October 27, 2011 at 10:38 am said:

    Thank you Adam for your courage in the face of the outrageous criminality by our politicians in this state. God bless you and know millions are in support of your efforts.

  4. Comment by Mike Koetting on May 8, 2012 at 10:37 am said:

    I’m appauled to see that “private” companies like the Illinois Municipal Lea. are able to access the pension system to rip off the tax papers. This truely is a hotbed of corruption here in the land of Lincoln. Before long they’ll set up a pension for Lincoln and steal the benefits or have they done that one already?