New law makes it harder for felons to collect public pensions

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SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would give Illinois' attorney general more power to block pension payments to convicted felons has been signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn.

The new law, which makes it harder for felons to receive public pensions, was signed on Monday.  The change was brought by lawmakers after former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was allowed to keep his pension after being convicted of lying about torturing suspects.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan's attempt to challenge a Chicago police pension board's decision that allowed Burge to continue collecting his pension was shot down by a lower court's ruling, which was upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court.

According to state Senator Kwame Raoul, the new law gives "taxpayers a way to fight back."
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