Newly-Elected State Senator Karen McConnaughay Rejects Legislative Pension

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:

Eligible for on Government Pension, McConnaughay Turns Down Chance for a Second

Karen McConnaughay

Karen McConnaughay

State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) has voluntarily turned down the legislative pension offered to members of the General Assembly.

“As someone who is already eligible for a pension after twenty years of service in county government I do not believe it is appropriate to receive two pensions.

“Pension reform is one of my top priorities in this legislative session.

“We must find solutions that preserve the retirement systems for our retired teachers and other public employees who have paid into the system throughout their years of service.”

Senator McConnaughay went on to say,

“I believe that as leaders in our government we must lead by example. I hope this trend continues within the General Assembly if we are going to begin to make headway on Illinois’ massive pension deficit.

“Without comprehensive reform Illinois’ pension obligations pose a legitimate long- term threat to our state’s already faltering economy.”


Newly-Elected State Senator Karen McConnaughay Rejects Legislative Pension — 5 Comments

  1. Thank you Karen.

    True integrity is shown with actions.

    The solution will come with action like this and for all of us to do our part.

  2. This is wonderful to have someone turn down a pension!

    Pensions are something that many legislators covet and will fight for to the end to keep.

  3. “I turned down a pension, because I have another pension.”

    And this is supposed be leadership on why we should cut everyone else’s pensions?

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