Taxpayers United: Pensions of retired government employees ‘sucking the system dry’

From press release

A new report by pension researcher Bill Zettler reveals retired government employees in Winnebago County receive lavish, gold-plated pensions that far exceed actual wages of workers in the private sector.

Jim Tobin, president of National Taxpayers United of Illinois (NTUI), said: “These government-employee pensions are bankrupting the state pension funds. That’s the real reason Gov. Patrick Quinn (D) wants to raise the state personal income tax up to 67 percent. He wants to pump taxpayer dollars into the state’s floundering pension programs.

“Those receiving the largest annual pensions are retired government-school educators,” Tobin said. “The largest pension in Winnebago County’s ‘top 100 college pensions’ goes to Karl Jacobs, who received an astonishing annual pension of $137,714. That’s a mind-boggling monthly pension of $11,476. No. 2 in the top 100 list of largest pensions is Aubrey Durst, who received an annual pension of $100,534. That’s a bountiful monthly pension of $8,378.

“Winnebago County’s retired public school teachers in the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) also are raking it in,” Tobin continued. “The largest annual TRS pension goes to Alan Brown, whose annual pension is $140,506—$11,709 a month. The second-highest TRS annual pension goes to John Hurley, who receives $114,117 a year. That’s $9,510 a month.

“With an unemployment rate of 14.8 percent, a median household income of $46,646 and a median housing value of a paltry $91,900, Winnebago County residents are struggling, while some of these retired government employees are well on their way to becoming pension millionaires,” Tobin said.

“These retired government employees are sucking the system dry,” Tobin added. “But there is no need to raise the state income tax or cut government services. Three crucial reforms can save the system and spare Illinois taxpayers.

“New government hires should be required to fund their own retirements with 401(k) plans,” Tobin asserted. “Ending pensions for new government hires will eventually eliminate unfunded government pensions.

“In Illinois, if each current state pension fund employee were required to contribute an additional 10 percent to his or her pension, taxpayers would save over $150 billion over the next 35 years,” Tobin said. “Requiring Illinois public employees to pay for one-half of their health care premiums would save even more—an estimated $230 billion over current projections.”

Top 25 Illinois Municipal Retirement System pensions

Following are the Top 25 Illinois Municipal Retirement System pensions in Winnebago County as of July 1, 2010:

1. Paul Logli, Winnebago County—$12,993 monthly, $155,910 annually and $152,660 last 12 months of wages.

2. Roger Costello, Winnebago County—$9,169 monthly, $110,028 annually and $134,527 last 12 months of wages.

3. Jon Olson, Rock River Water Reclamation District—$8,217 monthly, $98,607 annually and $129,192 last 12 months of wages.

4. Webbs Norman, Rockford Park District—$7,860 monthly, $94,322 annually and $136,704 last 12 months of wages.

5. Robert Springer, Winnebago County—$7,829 monthly, $93,947 annually and $131,250 last 12 months of wages.

6. Rodney Roop, Winnebago County—$7,398 monthly, $88,778 annually and $126,165 last 12 months of wages.

7. Richard Eick, Rock River Water Reclamation District—$7,396 monthly, $88,747 annually and $100,533 last 12 months of wages.

8. Donald Gasparini, Winnebago County—$7,284 monthly, $87,413 annually and $74,561 last 12 months of wages.

9. Joseph Orthoefer, Winnebago County—$6,926 monthly, $83,112 annually and $79,897 last 12 months of wages.

10. Larry Schultz, Winnebago County—$6,902 monthly, $82,825 annually and $98,011 last 12 months of wages.

11. David Koski, Winnebago County—$6,787 monthly, $81,444 annually and $129,347 last 12 months of wages.

12. Clarence Hicks, Rockford Park District—$6,241 monthly, $74,889 annually and $120,677 last 12 months of wages.

13. Richard Seaton, Winnebago County—$6,224 monthly, $74,683 annually and $89,798 last 12 months of wages.

14. James Gallagher, Winnebago County—$6,022 monthly, $72,259 annually and $94,593 last 12 months of wages.

15. Robert Whetsel, Winnebago County—$6,010 monthly, $72,120 annually and $70,679 last 12 months of wages.

16. Richard McMahon, Winnebago County—$5,927 monthly, $71,122 annually and $110,698 last 12 months of wages.

17. Richard Anderson, Winnebago County—$5,865 monthly, $70,385 annually and $80,429 last 12 months of wages.

18. Estelle Black, City of Rockford—$5,862 monthly, $70,349 annually and $98,296 last 12 months of wages.

19. Mark Flessner, Rock River Water Reclamation District—$5,780 monthly, $69,363 annually and $91,419 last 12 months of wages.

20. Mark Washburn, Winnebago County—$5,698 monthly, $68,374 annually and $98,995 last 12 months of wages.

21. Kenneth Staaf, Winnebago County—$5,682 monthly, $68,187 annually and $78,912 last 12 months of wages.

22. Terry Nordberg, Winnebago County—$5,648 monthly, $67,777 annually and $96,208 last 12 months of wages.

23. Karen Welsh, City of Rockford—$5,554 monthly, $66,642 annually and $84,088 last 12 months of wages.

24. James Reid, Rockford Park District—$5,547 monthly, $66,563 annually and $121,221 last 12 months of wages.

25. William Wells, Rock River Water Reclamation District—$5,530 monthly, $66,358 annually and $84,689 last 12 months of wages.

Top 25 Teachers Retirement System pensions

Following are the Top 25 Teachers Retirement System pensions in Winnebago County as of July 1, 2010:

1. Alan Brown, Rockford School District 205—$11,708.84 monthly, $140,506.08 annually and $157,522.37 average salary over the last four years.

2. John Hurley, Harlem School District 122—$9,509.78 monthly, $114,117.36 annually and $125,999.64 average salary over the last four years.

3. Linda Hernandez, Rockford School District 205—$8,778.80 monthly, $105,345.60 annually, $171,881.18 average salary over the last four years and $9,235.51 employer’s ERO contribution.

4. William Bowen, Rockford School District 205—$8,383.57 monthly, $100,602.84 annually and $84,852.11 average salary over the last four years.

5. David Zumdahl, Winnebago School District 323—$8,198.79 monthly, $98,385.48 annually and $106,550.61 average salary over the last four years.

6. John M. Finlen, Prairie Hill School District 133—$7,769.21 monthly, $93,230.52 annually and $109,206.88 average salary over the last four years.

7. Richard Beck, Hononegah School District 207—$7,755.37 monthly, $93,064.44 annually and $103,827.77 average salary over the last four years.

8. Gerald Fisher, Harlem School District 122—$7,718.14 monthly, $92,617.68 annually and $102,261.28 average salary over the last four years.

9. Ann Anderson, Rockford School District 205—$7,702.21 monthly, $92,426.52 annually and $100,097 average salary over the last four years.

10. B. Wayne Musholt, Harlem School District 122—$7,606.93 monthly, $91,283.16 annually and $74,749.11 average salary over the last four years.

11. Ralph Marshall, Hononegah School District 207—$7,564.40 monthly, $90,772.80 annually, $137,050.25 average salary over the last four years and $152,326 employer’s ERO contribution.

12. Judith Rigby, Hononegah School District 207—$7,562.84 monthly, $90,754.08 monthly and $121,005.43 average salary over the last four years.

13. Janet Jones, Rockford School District 205—$7,501.59 monthly, $90,019.08 annually and $91,907.30 average salary over the last four years.

14. Nancy Flanagan, Harlem School District 122—$7,465.78 monthly, $89,589.36 annually, $108,126.68 average salary over the last four years and $48,525.42 employer’s ERO contribution.

15. Randall Larson, Rockford School District 205—$7,415.86 monthly, $88,990.32 annually and $92,529.55 average salary over the last four years.

16. Edward Ruef, Rockford School District 205—$7,277.92 monthly, $87,335.04 annually, $82,906.56 average salary over the last four years and $6,321.24 employer’s ERO contribution.

17. David Davison, Hononegah School District 207—$7,257 monthly, $87,088.68 annually and $71,403.61 average salary over the last four years.

18. Marna Lovett, Rockford School District 205—$7,124.56 monthly, $85,494.72 annually and $79,421.85 average salary over the last four years.

19. David Valenti, Harlem School District 122—$7,058.77 monthly, $84,705.24 annually and $94,501.20 average salary over the last four years.

20. Michael Golden, Rockford School District 205—$7,017.85 monthly, $84,214.20 annually and $93,565.67 average salary over the last four years.

21. Yolanda Simmons, Rockford School District 205—$7,009 monthly, $84,108 annually and $98,787.07 average salary over the last four years.

22. John Paulsgrove, Rockford School District 205—$7,001.37 monthly, $84,016.44 annually and $90,047.92 average salary over the last four years.

23. David Rossi, Rockford School District 205—$6,885.89 monthly, $82,630.68 annually and $94,560.55 average salary over the last four years.

24. James Stephens, Harlem School District 122—$6,831.29 monthly, $81,975.48 annually and $90,762.54 average salary over the last four years.

25. William Trapp, Rockford School District 205—$6,823.33 monthly, $81,879.96 annually and $93,530.47 average salary over the last four years.

Top 25 College Pensions

Following are the Top 25 College Pensions—all from Rock Valley College—in Winnebago County as of July 1, 2010:

1. Karl Jacobs—$11,476.14 monthly, $137,713.68 annually and $136,920.13 average salary over the last four years.

2. Aubrey Durst—$8,377.81 monthly, $100,533.72 annually and $109,021.42 average salary over the last four years.

3. Daniel Timko—$7,986.65 monthly, $95,839.80 annually and $97,624.50 average salary over the last four years.

4. Patrick Thompson—$7,741.54 monthly, $92,898.48 annually and $95,984.93 average salary over the last four years.

5. John Bergstrom—$7,192.50 monthly, $86,310 annually and $85,385.62 average salary over the last four years.

6. Nancy Sylvester—$7,159.48 monthly, $85,913.76 annually and $99,834.44 average salary over the last four years.

7. Steven Vee—$7,144.51 monthly, $85,734.12 annually and $89,583.04 average salary over the last four years.

8. Michael Quinn—$7,035.14 monthly, $84,421.68 annually and $81,588.36 average salary over the last four years.

9. William Samuelson—$6,924.14 monthly, $83,089.68 annually and $86,819.63 average salary over the last four years.

10. Charles Alexander—$6,848.23 monthly, $82,178.76 annually and $82,544.36 average salary over the last four years.

11. Robert Conboy—$6,737.89 monthly, $80,854.68 annually and $96,103.84 average salary over the last four years.

12. Jack Simon—$6,720.91 monthly, $80,650.92 annually and $86,028.76 average salary over the last four years.

13. Terry Lindenberg—$6,692.23 monthly, $80,306.76 annually and $94,096.42 average salary over the last four years.

14. Lester Salberg—$6,605.75 monthly, $79,269 annually and $96,209.09 average salary over the last four years.

15. Robert Kroll—$6,520.35 monthly, $78,244.20 annually and $79,979.33 average salary over the last four years.

16. Kanwal Prashar—$6,435.58 monthly, $77,226.96 annually and $94,211.24 average salary over the last four years.

17. Donald Ivacic—$6,293.86 monthly, $75,526.32 annually and $74,952.85 average salary over the last four years.

18. James Minch—$6,191.03 monthly, $74,292.36 annually and $85,555.43 average salary over the last four years.

19. Peter Frisk—$6,144.30 monthly, $73,731.60 annually and $71,406.12 average salary over the last four years.

20. Stephen Eytalis—$6,105.62 monthly, $73,267.44 annually and $76,596.48 average salary over the last four years.

21. Stephanie Raach—$6,099.06 monthly, $73,188.72 annually and $99,006.59 average salary over the last four years.

22. James Moreau—$6,082.06 monthly, $72,984.72 annually and $70,779.66 average salary over the last four years.

23. Arnold Ross—$5,908.01 monthly, $70,896.12 annually and $83,101.40 average salary over the last four years.

24. William Schlagetter—$5,888.30 monthly, $70,659.60 annually and $77,065.89 average salary over the last four years.

25. Patricia Farney—$5,860.51 monthly, $70,326.12 annually and $83,715.63 average salary over the last four years.

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