DUNDEE - State Representative-Elect Allen Skillicorn (R- Dundee) not only filed paperwork refusing to participate in the legislative pension system, he intends to push that would eliminate pensions for all future full and part time Illinois politicians.
“Public service is an honor, that’s why I don’t believe any politician should receive a pension. Politicians should not be above the law or have special rules apply just to them. Illinois legislators should lead by example," he said in a statement.
Skillicorn said local trustees, county board members, state legislators, even the Governor should not receive taxpayer-funded pensions.
"It’s time we reform how government operates and start being accountable to the people." Skillicorn continued, “Pensions are very expensive, unsustainable, and risky for taxpayers. Taxpayers cannot afford higher taxes or higher liabilities. A vast majority of workers in the private sector are expected to manage their own retirements, there is no reason politicians can’t manage their retirements too.”
Skillicorn and members of the 100th General Assembly will be sworn into office January 11, 2017 at the State Capitol.