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McConnaughay Turns Down State Pension

District 33 state senator from St. Charles says she's already getting a pension from her service as Kane County Board chairman, and elected officials must lead pension reform by example.

State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, announced Tuesday that she has voluntarily turned down the legislative pension offered to members of the General Assembly.

McConnaughay is the former Kane County Board chairman.

"As someone who is already eligible for a pension after 20 years of service in county government, I do not believe it is appropriate to receive two pensions," she said in a Monday press release. "Pension reform is one of my top priorities in this legislative session. We must find solutions that preservethe retirement systems for our retired teachers and other public employees who have paid into the system throughout their years of service.”

McConnaughay went on to say she believes elected government officials must lead by example.

"I hope this trend continues within the General Assembly if we are going to begin to make headway on Illinois' massive pension deficit," she said. "Without comprehensive reform, Illinois' pension obligations pose a legitimate long-term threat to our state's already faltering economy."

Rudy February 12, 2013 at 11:01 PM
How come we never hear of a Democrat doing anything that isn't self serving? Good to at least see burst's of common sense from government. We will take what we can get and hope to raise the bar and stop re electing blatant criminals like Jesse Jackson Jr.
Danny H February 13, 2013 at 03:43 PM
This took Google approximately 0.35 seconds. From the 1/20/13 State Journal Register: "Rep. Sue Scherer, a Democrat from Decatur, issued a statement last week about her decision to forego her legislative pension. She's already collecting $5,084 per month after retiring from a 33-year teaching career."
Burton Cummings February 13, 2013 at 07:22 PM
I bet "Double Dip" Lauzen won't turn his down.
Jed February 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Good for her - thank you Karen

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