Public Safety Pension Portal
Launched in July 2015, this database includes detailed information on public-sector pension plans for Downstate and suburban police and fire departments – including pension beneficiaries and payouts, pension fund investments, revenue streams and names of leaders from hundreds of taxpayer-supported retirement funds.
The database also has information on who among the Downstate and suburban police and fire ranks is contributing toward – but not yet drawing – a public-sector pension. This data complements the Better Government Association’s "Pension Outlook" database, which contains searchable information – from the largest public-sector pension funds in Illinois – on current and former government employees who someday may collect a taxpayer-subsidized pension.
To use spreadsheet: Scroll to find desired community, then click to see records. To search for specific communities, click on any cell, press CTRL + F (Command + F for Apple users) and type in the municipality you are searching for.
The data in the Public Safety Pension Portal, obtained under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act from the Illinois Department of Insurance, is intended to supplement the BGA’s popular "Pension Database" – which lists public-sector pension recipients at the largest pension funds in Illinois, but not the smaller pension funds for Downstate and suburban municipalities and their police officers and firefighters. This new portal now fills that void.
The BGA's website now has information on virtually all public-sector pension recipients in Illinois.
The BGA also maintains a related "Collective Bargaining" database showcasing labor agreements throughout metropolitan Chicago.
All of the BGA’s databases are intended as informational tools for taxpayers.
As a reminder, the BGA is a nonpartisan nonprofit with a mission of improving government in Illinois, in part through the dissemination of news and other content.