The pension reform bill passed yesterday in Springfield closes a loophole the BGA has long criticized: A provision that allowed some private sector workers, like those of the Illinois Municipal League and the Township Officials of Illinois, to receive a public pension.

“It is time for them to get written out of the pension code,” says Emily Miller, the BGA’s policy and government affairs coordinator. “It’s those kind of loopholes that erode taxpayers’ feelings of goodwill towards the state.”