Proposed Legislation Takes Aim At Pension Double Dippers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) — New proposed legislation aims to close the loopholes that have allowed some Chicago labor union leaders to collect massive public pensions.

Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross says pension double-dipping is illegal, but some union leaders may have falsified documents to say they were not receiving union retirement benefits.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports

The Oswego Republican has introduced bills to change a 1991 law that allowed union leaders to collect regional or international labor pensions while getting city benefits too.

He’s also proposed a bill outlawing the practice of collecting a city pension based on a high union salary.

Cross says he’ll be very aggressive in going after other pension abuses during the veto session later this month.

  • tom Sharp

    Unfortunately, for revisionist historians like Cross and his Democratic counterpart, Madigan, they were in office in 1991 or shortly thereafter, and let this slide to the present disaster it is. Their friends and/or family members have already benefited from this patronage nightmare and now they want to pretend someone else created the mess and magnanimously want to ‘fix it.’ TERM LIMITS OF ONE!!!!

  • Wally

    What about the State Police who work in District 15? Is it true that they collect both ISP pensions and tollway pensions? What’s wrong with that picture, if accurate?


    Mr Cross forgot to mention fixing another pension related problem,which is happeniing in both the Ill state legislature and U S congress and Senate.
    What about getting elected to ONE term in office and recieving a FULL pension
    with Insurance Bene`s for life after just ONE TERM in office.When everyone
    else has to thirty to forty years to get something even remotely resembling
    what politicians get!!! COME ON CBS pick this up and run with this story if you have the nerve for it.

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