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Yingling Sponsors Bill to End Retired Politicians’ Free Health Care Perk

08/20/2014

GRAYSLAKE, IL - As part of his ongoing effort to eliminate expensive, taxpayer-funded perks for politicians and rein in state spending, state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, is sponsoring legislation to cut a free health care benefit currently available to retired politicians.

"Like the people I speak to every day while walking door-to-door, I can't accept that we're paying for health insurance for retired politicians at a time when many families are struggling to provide for their own needs," Yingling said. "I'm not going to sit back and let Springfield raise our taxes to pay for this kind of extravagant perk. It's time for legislators to get to work reducing wasteful spending, not raising taxes. This bill is an important step in that direction."

In addition to already generous pensions, retired legislators may currently receive taxpayer-funded health insurance for life without paying a dime. House Bill 6290, which Yingling is sponsoring in the House, eliminates this lavish benefit. Under the bill, retired legislators wishing to remain on state insurance would be required to pay the entire cost of their coverage.

In addition to cracking down on extravagant benefits paid to retired politicians, Yingling is fighting to reduce legislators' pay. Last month, Yingling sponsored House Bill 6284, which will require legislators to work one day without pay every month.

"The state budget is hundreds of pages long, and contains thousands of line items of spending, but for far too long, Springfield politicians have thrown up their hands, insisted there’s nothing left to cut, and forced working families to pay higher taxes," Yingling said. "The fact that retired politicians can continue to live on the public dime even after they leave office makes it clear that there is still waste to be cut, and politicians’ perks are the place to start."

Yingling represents the 62nd District, which contains portions of Gages Lake, Grayslake, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Wauconda and Wildwood