Republican House candidate Jillian Rose Bernas recently added her name to the growing list of candidates pledging to refuse a pension from the general assembly if elected.
Bernas believes the decision illustrates a critical difference between herself and Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg), her opponent for the 56th district seat in November's election.
“My opponent, Michelle Mussman, has been in office eight years and is now fully vested in the General Assembly Retirement System,” Bernas said in press release. “She will get a golden parachute pension while taxes continue to rise, home values continue to slide, and corruption continues to worsen. Who exactly has she been looking out for all these years?”
Bernas, who won the Republican primary with 60 percent of the vote, is running on a platform of budget and property tax reform. With a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in public policy, Bernas taught in Chile through the U.S. Embassy.