Government Employees of Ford County Revel at Taxpayer Expense

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RANTOUL, ILLINOIS–A report released today by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) reveals that Ford County government teachers and government employees are not only receiving generous salaries but that their estimated pension payments in many cases are larger than some salaries in the private sector. Furthermore, over a normal lifetime, many of these government employees, when they retire, become pension millionaires.
“While Ford County stagnates economically with 10.5% unemployment, a paltry median home value of $91,000, and an average annual wage of $34,000, Ford County government teachers and government officials are pulling in generous taxpayer-funded salaries and enjoying lavish, gold-plated pensions that have made some of them pension millionaires,” said Jim Tobin, TUA President.
“Heading the list of Ford County government school Teachers is Charles Aubry, of Gibson City-Melvin-Sibly CUSD 5, pulling in an annual salary of $151,559. Next is Clifford McClure, of Paxton-Buckley-Loda CUD 10, with an annual salary of $133,948.”
“Ford County retired government school teachers are doing much better than the average Ford County taxpayer. John F. Perkins, of Paxton-Buckley-Loda 10, receives an annual pension of $112,038 — $9,337 a month (as of 3/4/11). Perkins already has collected $760,276 in pension payments-to-date.”
Charles Wood, of Paxton-Buckley-Loda 10, who receives an annual pension of $75, 348, already has collected an astronomical $1,026,406 in pension payments-to-date.”
Lee A. Anthony, formerly employed by Ford County, who retired making $128,013 a year, receives an annual pension of $109,615 — $9,135 a month. John A. Pickering, formerly employed by Ford-Iroquois Health Dept., who retired making $128,039 a year, receives an annual pension of $78,738 — $6,562 a month.”
“The way to fix the broken pension system is to end pensions for all new government hires, which would eventually eliminate unfunded government pensions; putting new government hires into social security and 401(k)s would achieve this.”
“If each government employee were required to contribute an additional 10% toward his or her pension taxpayers would save billions of dollars over the next 35 years.”
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Retired CPS Teachers Getting Huge Pensions From Small Contributions

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CHICAGO — A list released by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) of the Top 100 pensions of retired Chicago Public School teachers shows that many of these retired teachers have already collected huge amounts of cash compared with their relatively small employee contributions, according to the President of TUA.
“A small pension contribution of $126,000 mushroomed into millions of dollars for one retiree, and the payout is still growing at taxpayer expense,” said Jim Tobin, TUA President.
“In Chicago, property taxes pay for both public school salaries and generous pensions. The biggest portion of homeowners’ property tax bills is for public schools, and 80% of these property tax dollars goes for salaries and pensions.”
“Manford Byrd, who has contributed only $126,561 to his retirement plan, already has collected an estimated total pension payout of $2,580,793.”
“Robert Saddler, who has contributed only $108,335 to his retirement plan, already has collected an estimated total pension payout of $2,063,207.”
“The broken pension system must be reformed. Ending pensions for all new government hires will eventually eliminate unfunded government pensions; putting new government hires into social security and 401(k)s would achieve this.”
“One possible solution to this problem is to require each government employee in the Chicago teachers pension fund to contribute an additional 10% toward his or her pension. This would provide taxpayers billions of dollars in property tax relief.”
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Proposed Chicago Traffic Speed Cameras To Protect Government Employee Pensions, Not Children

Chicago–The plan by the City of Chicago to install automated speed cameras in locations covering nearly half the city have nothing to do with protecting school children, but, rather, will be used to protect and bolster the lavish, gold-plated pensions of retired city government employees, according to the president of Taxpayers United of Illinois (TUA).
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“On Wednesday, the State Senate approved this expansion of cameras in Chicago by a 32-24 vote, and now the legislation goes to the State House,” said Jim Tobin, TUA President. “Senate President John Cullerton (D-6, Chicago) helped his Democratic buddy, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D), by pushing this legislation through the Senate, and now Chicago Machine Boss and House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-22, Chicago) will attempt to shepherd SB965 through the Illinois House.”
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“This expansion of speed cameras has nothing to do with protecting school children,” said Tobin. “If the purpose were school safety, then the automatic speed cameras would be limited to school speed zones and cover no more than 10 percent of city streets. This is a blatant, cynical attempt to pour millions of dollars into city coffers at the expense of Chicago drivers to benefit greedy bureaucrats and city employees.”
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“I urge Chicago Taxpayers to contact their State Representatives and urge them to vote against SB965 passed by the Illinois Senate.”
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