Moylan Legislation Ending Taxpayer-Funded Pensions for Lobbyists Passes House

04/13/2016

“This bill will end the ability of lobbyists to receive cushy pensions on the backs of taxpayers,” Moylan said. “It’s time to start putting the taxpayer first and eliminating perks for lobbyists.”

Moylan’s legislation would prohibit non-governmental organizations, like lobbying firms, from participating in the public pension systems. Moylan has previously voted for legislation that would end the ability of lobbyists to collect public pensions. That bill was part of the larger pension reform bill which became law in late 2013. The Illinois Supreme Court recently declared that law unconstitutional based on other provisions.

The bill was partly inspired by a June 30, 2015 Daily Herald article which detailed how the privately employed president and chief executive officer of the Illinois Association of Park Districts will receive a six figure public pension upon retirement. Before taking office, Moylan himself refused to accept a taxpayer-funded pension and supports eliminating free health care for life for retired politicians.

House Bill 4259 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

“It’s outrageous that some lobbyists can receive gold-plated pensions courtesy of the taxpayer and we need to end this practice,” Moylan said. “The public pension system was created to provide a modest retirement to workers who served the public interest over a lifetime and was not created to benefit the well-connected in Springfield.”

For more information, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at 847-635-6821 or staterepmoylan@gmail.com.