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Proposed Pension Legislation Could Mean $250K Loss for Glenview

The Village responds to the state tax shift with a letter of opposition. Readers recently sounded off on flaws in the pension system following an announcement from D34's current superintendent that he would be retiring and taking a position in Michigan.

Last month, Glenview Patch asked readers .

Hill will leave June 30th after eight years with the district. He is now eligible to collect his full Illinois pension, which he'll receive in addition to the $190,000 per year superintendent salary he accepted at a Michigan school.

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And, because of new legislation introduced May 11th, taxpayers in municipalities like Glenview could soon see more responsibility for funding teacher pensions. In response to the proposed amendments, the Village of Glenview recently sent this letter of opposition to its six legislative representatives.

According to a Village e-newsletter, Glenview stands to lose more than a quarter of a million dollars in annual revenues if state lawmakers succeed in diverting the Corporate Personal Property Replacement Tax to the Teachers Retirement Fund.

In Patch’s initial report of Hill’s West Bloomfield position, .

While West Bloomfield’s , when Hill leaves Glenview, he will take with him a hefty pension from 16 years as part of the Illinois Teacher Retirement System. (He previously worked for eight years in Tinley Park.)

To Illinois taxpayers not pleased to foot the bill on Hill’s partial salary while he moves out-of-state to lead another district, Hill says he is simply working within the parameters of the pension system.

“I have no comment to that,” he said. “The teacher retirement system is established legislatively and public employees are mandated to participate.”

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Deadcatbounce June 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Thank the politicians, school boards and unions for the mess we are in. As Mencken said ... Government is a broker in pillage, and every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
Bruno Behrend June 15, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Collecting a salary while draining Illinois' tapped pension funds is an obscenity. People who continue to earn money from other jobs, public or private, should be prohibited from collecting a public pension. It's that simple, and if you don't support such an obvious reform, you are a part of the flawed mindset of public employee entitlement. Such people are bankrupting what was once a decent society. "Ick!" is all one can say to describe these people.

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