SPRINGFIELD -- Someone elected to two positions in different local governments could not collect two pensions under legislation that passed the Illinois Senate Friday.

SPRINGFIELD -- Someone elected to two positions in different local governments could not collect two pensions under legislation that passed the Illinois Senate Friday.


The bill’s chief sponsor, Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said he believes state law was already clear about pensions for people who serve both as a county board member and another locally elected position. However, a legal opinion from a state’s attorney made the already “tangled web” even more complicated, he said.


House Bill 5078 clarifies that officials cannot get credit toward a pension for both jobs. It passed on a vote of 31-18 Friday.


“Anyone elected to a second office after this law is signed has to make a decision,” Harmon said. “Either they can earn service credit for office A or office B. They cannot earn service credit for both.”


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