04252017CM1305rSPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) issued the following statement in response to the Illinois General Assembly Retirement System (GARS) board voting to take away Dennis Hastert’s pension:

“Dennis Hastert used his trusted position as a teacher and coach to prey on his young victims. I am glad that the board voted to ensure he doesn’t receive his taxpayer-subsidized pension.”

The board’s decision was despite an unofficial opinion from the Attorney General’s office that said the board could not legally take away his pension. All they could do at most was diminishing the pension payout.

Last year, the Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) revoked Hastert’s teacher’s pension.

Bertino-Tarrant last fall sent a letter to GARS asking that it immediately take steps to suspend Hastert’s public pension benefits.

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