House Nixes Public Pension Benefits for Convicted Felons

SPRINGFIELDIn a move to protect taxpayers from the cost of providing public pension benefits to convicted felons, the Illinois House has approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by State Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) to withhold payment of such benefits to any public official or employee convicted of one or more corruption charges.  

The legislation, House Bill 5816, applies to members or participants of a pension fund or retirement system who is convicted of, or pleads guilty to any of the following charges: intimidation by a public official, bribery, official misconduct, engaging in kickbacks, fraudulently obtaining public moneys reserved for a disadvantaged business enterprise, or certain theft offenses.

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Senger: Focus on Suburban Jobs. House approves Economic Development bill, advances to State Senate

SPRINGFIELDWith the second-highest unemployment rate among the 50 states at 8.7% and coming on the heels of regional job losses; including most recently the state’s failure to keep Naperville-based OfficeMax following their merger with Florida-based Office Depot; the Illinois House has overwhelmingly approved legislation sponsored by State Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) to establish an independent task force of suburban community and business leaders to identify opportunities and challenges to job creation specific to the collar counties.

The legislation, House Bill 5819, creates the Illinois Collar County Economic Development Task Force; to be comprised of 18 members, with two members appointed by each county board chairman or county executive from the eight collar counties and two appointees by the Governor; one from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and one member from the general public.

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National Volunteer Week April 6-12

Thank you to all the great volunteers throughout our community who make the Naperville/Warrenville area a great place to live, work and raise a family. We are fortunate to have many of the finest volunteer organizations in the state right here at home.

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