From State Rep. Allen Skillicorn:
State Rep. Allen Skillicorn: Lake in the Hills Shores up Deficit in Police Pension Showcasing Need for Pension Reform
Last month, Lake in the Hills Village Board approved the allocation of 1.5 million for the Village’s police pension fund for the 2019 levy year, which is a 9.17% increase.
Crystal Lake, IL – State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake) says the Lake in the Hills Village Board decision to increase funding for the Village’s police pension fund is another illustration of some of the structural problems that exist with public pensions in Illinois.
“I commend Lake in the Hills for being financially responsible and making sure their police pensions are properly funded, but the issue of pension funding is something affecting many Illinois communities,” Skillicorn said.
“Communities across the state are having major issues when it comes to pensions. Just look at the City of Chicago. Local officials there want a state bail out for city pensions because the city can’t afford to pay pension and fund day to day government operations.
“We need real, meaningful pension reform in Illinois.”
Skillicorn said another problem is the lack of oversight when it comes to pensions. Former Deputy Police Chief Alan Bokowski still gets to keep his $84,000 annual pension despite being in prison for sexually assaulting a minor.
“Deputy Chief Bokowski should not be receiving a public pension,” Skillicorn said.
“We need rules in place to make sure that when people commit barbaric crimes such as raping a minor – they must forfeit their public pensions. Taxpayers in Lake in the Hills just had to bailout the local police pension to the tune of $1.5 million and a portion of those funds are going to a child rapist. This should enrage every taxpayer not just in Lake in the Hills but across the state.”
Skillicorn has been a strong advocate for pension reform.
His plan is to ask voters by ballot initiative to amend the Illinois Constitution to give lawmakers the authority they need to implement reforms.
Specifically, some of the reforms Skillicorn supports includes
- capping all pensions to $132k (including double dippers)
- raising the current retirement age one year to 61
- raising it to 63 in five years
- limiting COLAs to the Consumer Price Index and
- limiting pension benefits for violent criminals.
“It is time to get serious about pension reform in Illinois,” Skillicorn said.
“The longer we wait, the more difficult this problem is going to be to solve. Unfortunately, the Democrat majority in Springfield seems to be more interested in raising taxes than they are on solving the pension crisis.”