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Budget Expert: Lawmakers’ Refusal Of Pension Benefits ‘Irrelevant’ To Pension Crisis

Several state lawmakers have opted out of their legislative pensions, while the state continues to struggle with a massive pension debt, but a local budget policy group said the lawmakers’ actions are neither effective, nor relevant.

WBBM Newsradio–02/12/2013

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Judge Orders Nearly $22K Seized From Blagojevich’s Pension

Exactly two weeks before former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is scheduled to report to prison, a federal judge has ordered that nearly $22,000 be seized from Blagojevich’s state pension fund to pay off the fines and penalties that were part of his sentence on corruption charges.

CBS Chicago–03/01/2012

Rod Blagojevich

Madigan: Blagojevich Should Lose His Pension

A day after he was sentenced to 14 years in prison, disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich got more bad news when Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued a legal opinion that he shouldn’t collect his state pension.

CBS Chicago–12/08/2011

Rod Blagojevich

State Lawmaker Wants To Keep Blagojevich From Collecting Pension

On Dec. 10, deposed Gov. Blagojevich will turn 55, and that means he can start collecting his state pension.

CBS Chicago–10/26/2011