Yingling Sponsors Bill to Prevent Felons from Collecting Pensions

03/05/2015

State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, recently filed House Bill 3177, legislation that prevents convicted felons from collecting from state retirement systems or pension funds while incarcerated.

“I want to take a hands-on approach to eliminating wasteful government spending,” Yingling said. “It is unacceptable that people who have been tried and convicted of a felony can still receive income from a pension fund taxpayers are paying for.”

Yingling, a strong advocate for government reform, has made reducing government waste, consolidating duplicative levels of government, and instituting new ethics reforms a hallmark of his time in office.

HB3177 amends the Illinois Pension Code so that those who are convicted of a felony and those who plead guilty to one will have the payment of that pension suspended for the duration of their incarceration for the offense. The member can apply for reinstatement into the fund only after his or her entire sentence has been completed, and no interest or backpay will be paid.

“We need to make clear that if you are a public employee that commits a crime, there is a price to pay,” Yingling said. “Honest taxpayers should not be stuck paying a bill so that felons can collect a pension.”

Yingling represents the 62nd District, which contains portions of Gages Lake, Grayslake, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Wauconda and Wildwood.

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