12/30/2013 2:58:00 PM Kay pushes ending
pensions for corrupt
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker says he's ready to push legislation expediting the process to terminate state-funded pensions for public official convicted of corruption.
State Rep. Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon tells the Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1eQD3cI ) he was moved to co-sponsor legislation in part because of a former county treasurer who was convicted of rigging tax liens. The newspaper reported in October that ex-Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon was still collecting a $90,000 pension. It was halted this month.
The law says public officials found guilty of corruption can collect pensions until sentencing. Kay's bill would allow termination at a guilty plea or conviction.