Top 20 State Legislator Pension Recipients

March 24, 2016

Top 20 State Legislator Pension Recipients

By Mark Wachtler

March 24, 2016. Springfield. (ONN) Illinois and Chicago may have the most bankrupt and unfunded pension funds in the country. But for members of the elite establishment – former State Representatives and State Senators – there is apparently no shortage of taxpayer funds to make them and their family members multi-millionaires. Here is a list of the top recipients of the Illinois General Assembly pension program. Readers will find some very familiar names.

 


Former Illinois State Reps and State Senators receiving the highest pension payments (fromTaxpayers United of America and Reboot Illinois):

 

1. Gary Hannig

State Representative (D-Litchfield)

Estimated lifetime pension: $5.24 million

 

2. Dan Rutherford

State Treasurer, State Senator (R-Chenoa)

Estimated lifetime pension: $4.96 million

 

3. Judy Erwin

State Representative (D-Chicago)

Estimated lifetime pension: $4.94 million

 

4. Jim Edgar

Governor (R)

Estimated lifetime pension: $4.75 million



5. Robert Molaro

State Representative (D-Chicago)

Estimated lifetime pension: $4.31 million

 

6. Thomas Homer

State Representative (D-Canton)

Estimated lifetime pension: $4.24 million

 

7. Carl Hawkinson

State Senator (R-Galesburg)

Estimated lifetime pension: $4.11 million

 

8. Samuel McGrew

State Representative (D-Galesburg)

Estimated lifetime pension: $3.92 million

 

9. John Friedland

State Senator (R-South Elgin)

Estimated lifetime pension: $3.89 million

 

10. Edward Petka

State Senator (R-Plainfield)

Estimated lifetime pension: $3.68 million

 

11. Arthur Berman

State Senator (D-Chicago)

Estimated lifetime pension: $3.67 million



12. Roland Burris

Attorney General, Comptroller (D)

Estimated lifetime pension: $3.46 million

 

13. James Thompson

Governor (R)

Estimated lifetime pension: $3.38 million

 

14. Timothy Degan

State Senator (D-Chicago)

Estimated lifetime pension: $3.32 million

 

15. Pat Quinn

Governor (D)

Estimated lifetime pension: $3.25 million

 

16. Lee Daniels

State Representative (R-Elmhurst)

Estimated lifetime pension: $2.81 million

 

17. Richard M. Daley

State Senator, State’s Attorney, Chicago Mayor (D-Chicago)

Estimated lifetime pension: $2.28 million



18. Doris Karpiel

State Senator (R-Carol Stream)

Estimated lifetime pension: $2.02 million

 

19. Emil Jones

State Senator (D-Chicago)

Estimated lifetime pension: $1.66 million

 

20. James ‘Pate’ Philip

State Senator (R-Addison)

Estimated lifetime pension: $1.52 million

 

*Lifetime pension amounts based on an average life expectancy of 85 and a Constitutionally-required 3 percent annual cost of living increase. Figures do not include recipients’ other taxpayer-funded pensions from Chicago, Cook County or other counties, municipalities or government agencies.

 

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