Lawmaker Pushes Ending Pensions For Corrupt Officials

By: AP
By: AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker says he's ready to push legislation expediting the process to terminate state-funded pensions for public official convicted of corruption.

State Rep. Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon tells the Belleville News-Democrat he was moved to co-sponsor legislation in part because of a former county treasurer who was convicted of rigging tax liens. The newspaper reported in October that ex-Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon was still collecting a $90,000 pension. It was halted this month.

The law says public officials found guilty of corruption can collect pensions until sentencing. Kay's bill would allow termination at a guilty plea or conviction.

Lawmakers return to Springfield in late January.

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law an overhaul of Illinois' roughly $100 billion pension problem.


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