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posted: 11/19/2013 5:30 AM

No double dipping in public sector

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Congratulations to Buffalo Grove and new deputy fire Chief Baker. From your Saturday article it appears to be a win-win for him and B.G.

My only question is that according to your reporter, Mr. Baker had retired from the Elgin Fire Department - is he collecting a pension in addition to his $120,000 salary?

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If so, that is just WRONG! Individuals from the private sector (collecting SS, RRB, etc.) cannot double dip in this manner without incurring reductions to their monthly pensions.

Part of the purpose in paying an individual a pension is to remove them from the work force, providing promotional opportunities to younger members of that work force.

Why does your not article address this issue? Why are we as taxpayers being forced to pay for double dipping benefits?

Greg Larson

Arlington Heights

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