Huffington Post|Top 25 Retired Illinois Politicians With The Biggest Pension Payouts

Taxpayers United of America’s recent data release of an updated list of lawmaker pensions in the General Assembly Retirement System was used by Huffington Post

Taxpayers United of America, an organization that advocates for tax relief and “fighting government pensions,” has released an updated list of lawmaker pensions in the General Assembly Retirement System.
At the end of fiscal year 2015, the pension fund had a funded ratio of 16.4 percent — the lowest of the state’s five retirement systems — and $278.8 million in unfunded liabilities. Here are some more fast facts from the 2015 comprehensive annual financial report:
Average member salary: $89,241
Active members: 145
Active retirees: 309
Total active beneficiaries (including survivors): 424
Required employee contribution rate: 11.5 percent
Participant contributions: $1.49 million
Employer contributions: $15.87 million
Total participant contributions as percent of total contributions revenue: 8.6 percent
Average age at retirement: 60
Average pension: $58,644
Average length of service: 13.4 years
Here are the Top 25 former state legislators who are receiving the biggest annual pension payouts as of Jan. 27, 2016.



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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