Pension Reform

Government School Employees and Retirees of Wilmette SD 39 Revel at Taxpayer Expense

WILMETTE–A new report by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) reveals that many government school employees and retirees of Wilmette School District 39 receive lavish, gold-plated salaries and pensions that far exceed average annual wages of workers in the private sector.
“These outrageous government-employee pensions are bankrupting the state,” said Jim Tobin, President of TUA. “Springfield House and Senate Democrats just temporarily raised the state personal income tax 67%, all $6.8 billion taxpayer dollars of which is being used to fund the state’s lavish retired government employee pension programs.” Read more

Retired Chicago Police and Firemen Getting Rich From Locally Funded Pensions (Revised)

CHICAGO— Retired Chicago police and firemen receive lavish, gold-plated pensions, and, according to Jim Tobin, President of the Illinois Taxpayer Education Foundation (ITEF), the reason Governor Patrick Quinn signed Senate Bill 3538, the $500,000,000 Chicago property tax increase, is to pump more taxpayer dollars into extravagant city pensions. The bill also forces local governments to raise property taxes statewide to fund local pensions, instead of requiring real pension reforms.
“I acknowledge that firemen and police have high-risk jobs,” said Tobin, “but that is no reason to force taxpayers to fund pensions that are making pension millionaires of many of these retirees.”

Jim Tobin announces the top pensions for Chicago's Police and Firemen to WGN TV, FoxTV Chicago, and ABC TV 7 at a News Conference held at the ITEF office Tuesday, February 8.

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$500 Million Property Tax Increase Unnecessary to Pay Lavish, Gold-Plated, Government Pensions of Chicago Retirees

CHICAGO—Chicago’s retired government employees receive lavish, gold-plated pensions, and, according to Jim Tobin, President of the Illinois Taxpayer Education Foundation (ITEF), the real reason Governor Quinn signed the $500,000,000 Chicago property tax increase is to pump more taxpayer dollars into the extravagant pensions of these retired Chicago government employees.
“Those receiving the largest annual pensions are retired Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) employees, whose average pension is $57,600!” said Tobin. Of the 1,601 pensioners in the MWRD fund, the largest annual pension went to Osoth Jamjun, whose annual pension was $181,392 — $15,116 a month. Joseph P Sobanski, not only received an annual pension of $180,855, but his last salary while working for the MWRD was an extravagant $229,320.”
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Taxpayers United Of America: (TUA). is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(4) taxpayer advocacy group. Founded June 27, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois by activist and economist Jim Tobin, TUA works on behalf of taxpayers to reduce local, state, and federal taxes. In the past forty years, TUA has saved taxpayers more than $200 billion n taxes and has become one of the largest taxpayer organizations in America. Check All posts. s.


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