Kankakee, IL… State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) signed on to shepherd a bill through the House to eliminate pension abuse and protect taxpayer money. The bill was filed in response to the Fox Lake scandal involving the death of Lt. Charles Gliniewicz, his embezzlement of taxpayer money, and his wife’s involvement.
Senate Bill 896, filed by Senator Pam Althoff (R-McHenry), prohibits someone from receiving public employee survivor pension benefits if they’re convicted of a felony involving the service of their spouse.
“Our pensions and survivor benefits are here to help those who lost a loved one,” said Rep. Parkhurst. “This isn’t a bank for those who commit crimes to freely withdraw.”
Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz committed suicide in Fox Lake in an attempted cover-up. His widow, Melodie Gliniewicz, who is not yet convicted, is facing charges for her alleged involvement in the embezzlement of public funds by her husband. Through her survivor’s benefits, she could potentially receive 50-75 percent of Gliniewicz’s salary, which was about $96,000 per year.
“This bill will protect our pensions and survivor funds from those who abuse the system and ensure it’s there for those who need it the most,” Parkhurst continued.
Senate Bill 896 passed the Senate unanimously 57-0.