Skillicorn to introduce bill to get rid of pensions for state, local lawmakers
Not only has State Representative-elect Allen Skillicorn (R-Dundee) voluntarily refused to accept a state pension, but he also said this week that he plans to file legislation to eliminate pensions for all lawmakers -- at the state and local levels.
“Public service is an honor; that’s why I don’t believe any politician should receive a pension,” Skillicorn, staying true to the platform on which he ran for office, said. “Politicians should not be above the law or have special rules apply just to them. Illinois legislators should lead by example. I am refusing a pension and will introduce legislation to eliminate all pensions for politicians across the state.”
Introducing the concept as one that would apply across the board, Skillicorn said local trustees, county board members, state legislators, and even the governor should not receive a taxpayer-funded pension.
“It’s time we reform how government operates and start being accountable to the people." Skillicorn said. “Pensions are very expensive, unsustainable and risky for taxpayers. Taxpayers cannot afford higher taxes or higher liabilities. A vast majority of workers in the private sector are expected to manage their own retirements; there is no reason politicians can’t manage their retirements too.”
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