AURORA, Ill. – In an effort to eliminate wasteful government spending, state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, helped pass legislation that would make politicians ineligible for a taxpayer funded pension.
“Illinois citizens are paying large amounts in taxes,” said Chapa LaVia. “This money should be used in ways that benefit our community. Tax dollars should not go to pad the pockets of politicians.”
Chapa LaVia supported House Bill 291, which prohibits part-time politicians from receiving pensions intended for full-time municipal workers. It has been found that many elected officials are in line to receive taxpayer-funded pensions for life, despite it being a part-time position. Chapa LaVia’s legislation requires all future elected officials to work 1000 hours per year in order to be eligible for pensions.
“Our pension system has been abused for too long,” said Chapa LaVia. “This legislation will help ensure that tax-payer dollars are instead being used to improve the state.”
House Bill 291 passed the House and is awaiting consideration from the Senate.