A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney:
David McSweeney Introduces Bill to Eliminate Legislative Pensions
Cary, IL – State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) has again introduced a measure to eliminate legislative pensions for all new members of the Illinois General Assembly.
Representative McSweeney has voluntarily chosen not to participate in the legislative pension program.
In addition, McSweeney has voluntarily cut his legislative office budget by 10 percent every year since he was first elected to the Illinois General Assembly.“Our state is drowning in debt.
“We do not have a budget and some politicians are clamoring to raise taxes.
“It just sends the wrong message to taxpayers for legislators to be drawing lavish pensions while the State cannot afford to pay its other bills,” McSweeney said.
“Ending legislative pensions is the right thing to do.”
The legislation (HB 338) would eliminate legislative pensions for new members of the Illinois General Assembly.
“I and a growing number of legislators from both parties have already voluntarily refused to accept a legislative pension,” McSweeney said. “It is time that we lead by example and show the taxpayers that we are serious about changing the culture in Springfield.”
House Bill 338 has been introduced and awaits an assignment to a legislative committee for further consideration.