Legislators don’t deserve state pension benefits...

By Phil Kadner, as originally published...

Chicago, Illinois April 26, 2012  Illinois lawmakers ought to give up their state pensions.
 
Legislators are part-time employees, but they make nearly $70,000 a year and in some cases can qualify for a pension after as little as four years in office at age 62. If they were elected before 2011, they can retire at 55 and collect a pension after eight years of service.

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At least one lawmaker forfeited his own pension, proving that it can be done. And it's actually quite simple: Read About Hon. Tom Morrison Here... 

Also, a national taxpayer advocacy organization refers to the government pension crisis as the "#1 Budgetary Problem in the U.S.": Click Here and Read All About It...

Analysis: Does Obama Need Schooling On Scholarships?

By the Better Government Association, as originally published...

Springfield, Illinois March 30, 2012  Add President Barack Obama to the list of current and former Illinois lawmakers who may have violated the lone rule of the controversial legislative scholarship program: that the recipient live within the awarding lawmaker’s district.

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The Mighty Suffredin Stamp: How Two Illinois Senators Received Significant Reductions in their Property Taxes...

By David “Watchdog” Jenkins

Chicago, Illinois — September 12, 2011 — Do you own a home in Cook County? If so, would you like to get your property taxes lowered?

Of course you would…

But then there’s those pesky people at the Cook County Board of Review. Sometimes they’ll cut you a break. A lot of times they won’t.

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FBI asked to probe Cicero senator’s college scholarship requests...

By Dave McKinney, as originally published...

Springfield, Illinois  August 24, 2011  A tan-bricked bungalow in the 4500 block of South Avers Avenue must be a popular hangout for college kids.

Five students certified that same home — owned by a paid campaign staffer to state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero) — as their permanent residence in order to qualify for highly sought tuition waivers handed out by Sandoval.

The senator told the Chicago Sun-Times he has no explanation for that peculiar coincidence and blamed the State Board of Education for not discovering it, even though Sandoval put his signature on each scholarship application before submitting them to the agency.

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SouthtownStar: "2 Former State Reps Land County Jobs..."

By Phil Kadner, as originally published...

Tinley Park, Illinois — June 9, 2011 — In these difficult economic times, it’s important to recognize the success stories of two local men who recently lost their jobs.

John O’Sullivan and Michael Carberry, both of Oak Lawn, weren’t your ordinary jobless Joes.

They accepted temporary appointments to fill vacant seats in the Illinois House of Representatives last year.

O’Sullivan was selected by local Democratic Party leaders to replace state Rep. Kevin Joyce (D-Chicago) who resigned to accept a job offer in Florida.

Carberry was appointed by Democratic Party leaders to replace state Rep. James Brosnahan (D-Evergreen Park) who wanted to focus more on his law practice and family.

I would remind you that Illinois was facing a financial crisis at the time O’Sullivan and Carberry accepted their new jobs...

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Taxpayers United of America (TUA) Press Release: "Surprise! Two State Income Tax Raisers Get Cushy Cook County Jobs!"

Illinois Representative Annazette Collins Appointed to Senate; Awarded Quid Pro Quo, for Quid Pro Quo…

By David "Watchdog" Jenkins

Chicago, Illinois — March 15, 2011 — After 5th District Illinois Senator Rickey Hendon abruptly resigned his elected seat in February, under the cloud of a suspicious federal inquiry; it was announced on Monday, March 14th, that his replacement would be none other than ten-year 10th District Illinois House [Representative] incumbent, Annazette R. Collins.

Interactive List of General Assembly Filing Objections Now Available Online...

By David "Watchdog" Jenkins

Chicago, Illinois March 2, 2011 – Early last week, Rep. James Watson (R-97th) filed an explosive statewide ballot reform measure, with the Illinois House Clerk; aimed at wiping away the expensive “blood sport” otherwise known as nominating petitions. This bill, as proposed, would require a simple filing fee of 1% of a public office’s annual salary, in lieu of the current requirement that potential candidates gather and submit hundreds, thousands, and for statewide Constitutional officers, like the Comptroller, Treasurer, or Governor, tens of thousands of voter signatures.

Illinois Taxpayers Buy Second Homes for Lawmakers in State Capitol…

By David "Watchdog" Jenkins

Springfield, Illinois — February 18, 2011 — According to public records from the Illinois Comptroller’s Office, a [state] House Representative, or [state] Senator, earned a base salary of $66,276.54 in 2009. But that’s just what lawmakers were paid annually, in Springfield, simply for having been elected.

Illinois Candidate for Comptroller Has History of Paying Late…

By David "Watchdog" Jenkins

Cicero, Illinois — November 2, 2010 — Illinois State Representative and House Assistant Majority Leader David E. Miller, is asking Illinoisans to give him a big promotion in November: he’d like for voters to make him Comptroller for the entire state...

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Former State Rep. Receives Patronage Job in McCook...

By David "Watchdog" Jenkins

Chicago, Illinois — October 27, 2010 — After a $2,500 campaign contribution from the campaign fund of “Honorable” Robert S. Molaro, a former Illinois House Representative to the 21st [legislative] District, paid to McCook Mayor Jeffrey Tobolski’s campaign committee; the Village of McCook suddenly decided to begin paying Mr. Molaro a monthly retainer for the position of Village "Prosecutor."

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Senator Wilhelmi's Pay-to-Play Scholarship Program...

By Cedra Crenshaw, as originally published... 

Plainfield, Illinois — October 6, 2010 — 43rd District Illinois Senate candidate, Cedra Crenshaw, is asking the public to take a closer look at a little known government program that district residents can use to get a free college education.

Here’s how the program works...

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Retiring State Representative Not Ready To Retire Property Taxes...

By Adam Andrzejewski, as originally published...

Elmhurst, Illinois — September 15, 2010 Retiring Illinois State Representative Arthur L. Turner, who recently ran, and lost, his bid for Illinois Lt. Governor to the infamous Scott Lee Cohen in the Democratic primary, has a little surprise that many of his constituents, particularly property tax payers, might not know about: he’s not paying his full share of taxes.

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Scholarships Awarded by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan: 15 of 41 Recipients Were Donors or Family Members of Donors...

By David "Watchdog" Jenkins

Cicero, Illinois – February 8, 2010 – Are campaign donors given preferential treatment for state-backed scholarship awards, and are these awards a way for state lawmakers to “pay back” donors for their political support?
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