FACT: Normal’s pensions

By:  Diane Benjamin

The Town of Normal has to cover all these pensions every month.  How much money would you have to pay into retirement to get these monthly benefits?

This is only the first 50.  As of 2016 124 former employees of the Town of Normal are collecting pensions.  https://www.openthebooks.com/search/?PensionCode=1000&F_fiscalyear=2016&F_employernm=Town%20Of%20Normal&F_employeenm=


15 thoughts on “FACT: Normal’s pensions

  1. Since the Town of Normal loves taxes so much, I propose a “municipal pension income tax”. We’ll begin by heavily taxing the top 10% of pensioners. Haha! I suspect if this were mentioned, the Council would (at least for the moment) become a bunch of fiscal conservatives.


      1. No one in the private sector has a tax exemption on withdrawals from tax deferred IRA’s. If there was no income tax paid on the pension contributions while employed, the retirement payouts should be taxed. Only in Illinois….


      2. I believe so. Funny, isn’t it? That’s the one tax/fee that is never, never, ever floated. Hmmm…I think these pensioners should “pay their fair share” since they insist the rest of us do.


  2. WHY 10%, heck, let’s tax them 20% It”s STILL cheaper then a ONE year capitol gains on stocks or farm ground!
    Maybe tax bicycles the SAME $101 a year as the state does for a license! How about THAT mr Koos?


  3. Now we know how we guarantee our retirement, work for the City of Ab-Normal. What were they getting in salary before they retired? Too much for a public responsibility, and I mean taxpayer supported.


  4. Isn’t this a little misleading? Unless I’m wrong, from what I have found, when an employee retires the municipality has no more finanical responsibility. The employee & employer pay into the IMRF during the term of employment, once one retires the IMRF has all the responsibility.


  5. Simple really. Eliminate defined benefit and switch to defined contribution. Only argument I have with my liberal friends. Any business in the private sector with pensions is either bankrupt or struggling (GE).


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