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posted: 12/17/2013 5:00 AM

Why are judges' pensions exempt from reform?

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I am a retired state highway worker. I would like to bring something to your attention that is really bothering most of us retirees. Why did, Pat Quinn, Mike Madigan and John Cullerton exempt the state judges, who are also in a state retirement pension plan, from their 3 percent yearly pension increases that little people like, me and thousands of state workers and schoolteachers lost? Is this a bribe so that the legislators can pass their unconstitutional pension reform?

Please look into this matter because the judges are also state employees. Remember, we paid into our pension plan every two weeks. Madigan and the legislature squanderd our money and skipped the yearly pension payments over the last 30 years.

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Do you know how many pensions each of the big shots like Quinn and Madigan are going to collect when the double- and tripple-dippers retire? We, the workers and teachers, paid our share and do not deserve what they are shoving down our throats. Please help the retired seniors.

Tony Lazzara

Hoffman Estates

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