by Scott Reeder | Illinois News Network
Illinois taxpayers spent $1.23 million last year to provide health insurance to state lawmakers despite the fact that the jobs are part-time and the state is broke.
This perk of office is under fire from a surprising source — a group of state lawmakers.
“This is a part-time job. There is absolutely no reason that it should have health insurance and a pension provided, especially at a time like this when the state is hurting financially,” said State Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills.
McSweeney along with 33 other lawmakers — about one-fifth of the General Assembly — are refusing to accept the health insurance benefits.
“If it is more generous than what other people are getting, they should at least scale it back, but I say eliminate it,” he said.