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GOP candidate to refuse legislative pension

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109th District State Representative Candidate Cory Musgrave will
refuse legislative pension

Musgrave also proposes legislation to block newly elected members of
the General Assembly from being eligible for the legislative pension
system

Aug. 13, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Cory Musgrave
618-303-1108

Geff, IL – Cory Musgrave, candidate for State Representative in the
109th District, is announcing his intention to refuse a legislative
pension if elected to the Illinois House.

“I think it is important for elected officials to lead by example,”
Musgrave said. “Illinois’ pensions are woefully underfunded. How can
we even begin to fix the problem if the very people charged with
fixing it are themselves part of the problem? How can I ask people to
make sacrifices for the good of the state if I am not willing to make
those sacrifices myself? I am publicly pledging to taxpayers that I
will refuse the legislative pension if elected as State
Representative.”

Illinois’s pension systems are underfunded by more than $250 billion.
Illinois also has the worst credit rating in the nation. Musgrave said
it is time to get serious about solving Illinois’ pension crisis,
which is one reason he is calling for legislation to end legislative
pensions for newly elected members of the Illinois General Assembly.

“The current General Assembly pension system is constantly abused,”
Musgrave said. “Often times, individuals come to the Legislature with
years of service in the public sector and sometimes these individuals
are receiving a pension while also receiving a legislative salary at
the same time that they are accruing pension benefits through the
General Assembly Retirement System (GARS). This double dipping needs
to stop. Illinois needs legislators who are running for office to
serve – not to enhance their pensions. It is time to put an end to the
lucrative legislative pension system once and for all.”

Musgrave currently serves as the President of Geff School District 14.
He also is the President of the Fairfield Ministerial Alliance. He has
recently worked with the Wayne County Opioid Coalition to help combat
addiction in our community. He and his wife Jana have five children.
Musgrave is running as a Republican. The Primary Election is March 17,
2020.

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