State Lawmaker Wants To Keep Blagojevich From Collecting Pension

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — On Dec. 10, deposed Gov. Blagojevich will turn 55, and that means he can start collecting his state pension.

But as WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, a state lawmaker is determined to keep that from happening.

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As a former Illinois lawmaker, Blagojevich stands to collect $65,000 per year. State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) wants to keep Blagojevich from collecting. He is appealing to the board of the General Assembly Retirement System to take action when it meets Wednesday.

This is the board’s last meeting until next spring, Franks said.

“The former governor could ask for his pension while sitting in a federal penitentiary,” Franks said.

If the pension were pulled, the convicted and ousted governor would be eligible for a refund of the $120,000 he paid into the pension. He also still qualifies for about $15,000 a year for his six years as a U.S. congressman.

Blagojevich is awaiting sentencing, after being convicted at his retrial this summer on 17 various corruption counts. Among them were llegations that he tried to sell or trade an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama in late 2008.

Blagojevich faces a maximum of 305 years behind bars if he were to receive consecutive sentences for each individual count, but legal experts have said it is likely he’ll be sentenced to somewhere between 6 and 15 years.

  • tom Sharp

    This should be automatic for a convicted felon! Only in Illinois is it an issue! Put the law on the books Madigan and Cullerton!

  • "I've got this thing....."

    Having a few drinks before lunch, hey Lyndia? This criminal should not get a single dollar of tax payer money. Maybe if he had shown a shred of remorse for his extensive list of crimes, but he remained arrogant up to the end!!!

    • tj

      Unfortunatly I’ve, he will still get tax payers money by us supporting his ass in prison.

  • Chivi

    There are also city workers such as building inspectors, etc. that have come out of jail and are collecting pensions. Why?? They broke the law!! Why are they getting their pensions?? Look into it people. I know of a few that are collecting pension for themselves and for their spoiuses after being convicted of a crime. Tell me the spouse had no idea?? BS.

  • Chivi

    By the way Lyndia, are you next that you are setting yourself up to be pardoned or forgiven for being a criminal. I don’t think so!! Let someone steal from you or try to sell something that isn’t theirs and see how it feels. Stop kissing ass that is no longer in command!!

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