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  • bennett 040616CHAMPAIGN – Illinois taxpayers will benefit from a new law that encourages state pension funds to regularly review their rolls for deceased recipients.
    The measure, an initiative of Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign), gives the funds until Jan. 1, 2017, to implement a process to identify deceased annuitants at least once a month.

    “We need to do whatever we can to end the waste of taxpayer dollars,” Bennett said. “This is one simple way for the state to save money and promote the responsible use of funds.”

    It is unclear how many state pension payments are made to deceased annuitants in Illinois because each pension fund tracks death-related overpayments differently. 

    Under the new law (House Bill 6030), the review process can include using a third-party company, Social Security Administration data or other available data, as well as any other method that is commonly used by other state retirement systems.

    In 2015, Better Government Association published a report that alleged various Illinois public retirement systems were paying annuities to deceased people.

  • tc pensionSPRINGFIELD- Between 2010 and 2014, 11 of Illinois’ 15 major government pension funds have made $2.2 million in payments to more than 1,000 dead people.

    To end this practice, State Senator Tom Cullerton passed House Bill 6030 to require state pension funds to develop and implement a process to identify deceased pension recipients each month.

    “This is a simple way to reduce waste, fraud and abuse of valuable taxpayer dollars,” Cullerton said. “Reviewing the pension rolls monthly will allow for greater oversight and accountability of where pension funds are going.”