Jim Edgar Enjoying Lavish Lifestyle From Pensions He Supported

By Dennis Constant

Jim Edgar must bear much of the blame for the present mess in Illinois’ floundering government employee pension system, which is literally making pension millionaires of some of its recipients, including former Governor Edgar.

On May 27, 1998, Edgar signed into law Senate Bill 3, sponsored in the State Senate by St. Sen. Larry Bomke (R-50, Springfield) and Rep Raymond Poe (R-99, Springfield) in the State House. This allowed government school teachers and administrators outside of Chicago to retire after 34 years of teaching and receive 75 percent of their final pay. As most public high school teachers in Chicago suburbs retire with salaries over $100,000 gross pay for nine months employment (and administrators receiving 2-4 times this amount), the bill signed into law by Edgar is estimated to cost Illinois taxpayers over $25 billion over the next 47 years.

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Tax Accountability Endorses Lex Green for Illinois Governor

CHICAGO—”Tax Accountability has endorsed Lex Green (L) for Illinois Governor in the November 2 election,” announced Jim Tobin, President of Tax Accountability, the political action arm of National Taxpayers United of Illinois.

“Lex Green signed our Taxpayer Protection Pledge, in which he promised, ‘I pledge to the taxpayers of Illinois that I will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.’ He deserves the support if Illinois voters on November 2.”

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U.S. Senate and Gubernatorial Debates in DeKalb Thursday, Oct. 21

Prompted by the continued exclusion of minor party and independent candidates from debates nationwide, National Taxpayers United of Illinois (NTUI) is teaming with The Free and Equal Elections Foundation to move toward open and inclusive political debates for all candidates.

The back-to-back debates for U.S Senate and Illinois gubernatorial candidates are scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 2010, at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The debates will take place in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium in Holmes Student Center. U.S. Senate candidates will be first from 6 – 7:30 p.m., followed by the gubernatorial debate from 8 – 9:30 p.m.

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