Illinois House Approves Rep. McSweeney’s Measure to Eliminate a Pension Abuse

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March 1, 2017

Last Friday, the Illinois House approved a bill State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) sponsored as a response to the Fox Lake scandal involving Lt. Charles Gliniewicz and the issue of what type of benefits his widow is entitled to receive.

The legislation (HB 350) would prohibit someone from receiving public employee survivor pension benefits if they’re convicted of a felony involving the service of their spouse.

In order to withstand court challenges, the bill would only apply prospectively.

“This legislation would impact future situations involving spouses of
public employees conspiring to commit felonies and cheat taxpayers.
Taxpayers should not be on the hook for paying out benefits to people
trying to cheat the system,” McSweeney said.

Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz committed suicide in Fox Lake and staged his death to made it look like a murder. His widow Melodie Gliniewicz, who has not yet been convicted, is facing charges for her alleged involvement in the embezzlement of public funds. She could potentially receive 50-75 percent of Gliniewicz’s salary, which was about $96,000 per year.

“The State budget is a terrible mess right now and the last thing we
need is to reward people who have conspired to cheat taxpayers,”
McSweeney said.

House Bill 350 passed the House 108-0 and now moves to the Illinois Senate for further consideration. Senator Pam Althoff is the Senate sponsor.