Miller Walsh Rejects Pension and Healthcare Benefits

MUNDELEIN…State Representative Helene Miller Walsh (R-Mundelein) formally rejected her legislative pension as well as her taxpayer funded healthcare benefits last week in one of her first acts serving as the State Representative for the 51st District.

In taking office, Rep. Miller Walsh is ready to work on viable solutions to fix the state’s fiscal crisis, namely, the underfunded pension system.

“Our pension system has been broken for far too long,” said Miller Walsh. “There is no reason part time employees should take a pension or healthcare from a system that is already broke and underfunded. Illinois State Representatives are here to serve the people of Illinois not the other way around. It is irresponsible to continue on this path, which is simply unsustainable.”

Illinois’ pension system has been named as one of the worst in the nation. Today, the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS) is only funded at 14.9 percent, the lowest of Illinois’ five state retirement systems.

“I am eager to represent my community in Springfield, and am not here to contribute to Illinois’ problems—I want to solve them. The fiscal condition of our state is a great burden and a big barrier to our success. Looking at these numbers and the mounting debt Illinois carries, it is a great motivator to get to work on solving these problems.”

Miller Walsh made her first trip to Springfield to file the necessary paperwork with GARS and the Comptroller’s office in person. Representative Miller Walsh’s decision to decline participation in the state’s pension system for legislators is final and irrevocable. She looks forward to returning to Springfield and the House of Representatives in November for fall veto session.

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