Jillian Rose Bernas, the Republican candidate for the Illinois state House seat in the 56th District, is speaking out against lawmakers and others in Springfield who receive full pensions despite resigning amid scandals and allegations of sexual harassment.
Chief among those are: Tim Mapes, former chief of staff for House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), who has been accused of sexual harassment but is still eligible to collect more than $135,000 per year after 40 years in state government; Madigan operative Kevin Quinn, who will be eligible for $750,000 even after allegations of domestic abuse and harassment; and Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago), who has been accused by a victims' rights advocate of sexual harassment, is eligible for a yearly payment of 85 percent of his final legislative salary. As of 2017, his annual salary was estimated at $85,000, according to the comptroller's office.
"This illustrates how ironclad and untouchable pension protections are in Illinois — regardless of any misconduct from the recipient,” Bernas told North Cook News. “Virtually every state supreme court all over America has allowed much-needed pension reforms in their respective systems, but our supreme court strictly interprets our state constitution to hold pension benefits practically immaculate even in the case of misconduct. We’re the sole outlier on that."
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