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  posted on 4/26/2017 at 05:04 PM

Illinois board terminates Hastert's state lawmaker pension
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. --
Trustees of an Illinois state retirement board on Wednesday terminated the pension that imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert received for his nearly six years of service in the Illinois General Assembly.
The General Assembly Retirement System's board of trustees voted 5-2 to end Hastert's $28,000 annual pension. Hastert, 75, is serving a 15-month prison term in a hush-money case that stemmed from his sexual abuse of students when he taught at an Illinois public school more than 35 years ago. The Republican pleaded guilty in 2015 to federal bank violations and is scheduled to be released Aug. 16.
Hastert's attorneys declined comment on the decision Wednesday. Hastert has the option of appealing in state court, and the Chicago Tribune reported that Hastert attorney Mark DeBofsky wrote a letter to the board last month saying Hastert intended to appeal any termination or reduction in benefits.
Illinois law allows for the state to revoke the pensions of those convicted of felonies connected to their time serving in the state Legislature.
"Neither the indictment nor the disposition of the criminal case implicated any wrongdoing by Mr. Hastert during the time he served in the General Assembly," DeBofsky wrote.
Board member state Rep. Michael Zalewski, a suburban Chicago Democrat, argued that Hastert's crimes were designed to protect his political career.
"I would argue his political career is part and parcel with his career as a General Assembly member because his General Assembly career led to his congressional career," Zalewski said.
But state Rep. David Harris, a Republican from suburban Chicago, said the board should have followed a recommendation from the Illinois attorney general's office to reduce Hastert's pension.
The Illinois Teachers' Retirement System previously revoked the pension money Hastert earned for his time as a teacher in Yorkville. He still is eligible for pension funds from his time in Congress.

 
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  posted on 4/26/2017 at 06:11 PM
I'm not sure which is more preposterous, Hassert only serving fifteen months for his crimes or the fact that the Illinois pension system is so generous that with only six years served as an elected official he collects 28K per year for the rest of his life.

I can't say for sure, but i suspect other members of the public pension system of the state of Illinois DO NOT get such generous benefits with only six years membership. Typical of most states, including mine, New York, the elected officials at the top of the hierarchy always seem to take very good care of themselves.



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  posted on 4/28/2017 at 08:34 AM
Death penalty for child molesters - what do you say?
 

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  posted on 4/28/2017 at 10:16 AM
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Death penalty for child molesters - what do you say?
And their "junk" cut off w/ a rusty knife.

 

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  posted on 5/2/2017 at 04:45 PM

I don't think pensions should be revoked. The person worked, they earned that, whatever else they did is a separate matter.

RE: the child molestation, he should get analysis and therapy to heal his emotional problems that led him to behave in that way in the first place. It is not a normal thing for someone to abuse a child. Yes doing so is a perversion, but why is that what he seeks? The easy answer, well he's a lowlife, degenerate is not the full reason. Yes these people make choices, if they are serial sex offenders, take them and shoot them dead and that's it, if they are Satanists, kill them too. The rest of them, find out why they are effed up, and get them fixed, that is the answer.

 

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  posted on 5/2/2017 at 06:08 PM
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I'm not sure which is more preposterous, Hassert only serving fifteen months for his crimes or the fact that the Illinois pension system is so generous that with only six years served as an elected official he collects 28K per year for the rest of his life.

I can't say for sure, but i suspect other members of the public pension system of the state of Illinois DO NOT get such generous benefits with only six years membership. Typical of most states, including mine, New York, the elected officials at the top of the hierarchy always seem to take very good care of themselves.[Edited on 4/26/2017 by Chain]


Especially when elected officials go after legitimate public service positions (teachers, etc) as excessive spending. I'm not sure why any elected official gets a pension since, you know, it's not a career, right?

 

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