Former Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon will be losing his pension after being sentenced last week to 30 months in prison. Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons has filed paperwork with the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund to terminate the disgraced former treasurer's pension. Gibbons says Bathon had been collecting on his $90,000 a year state pension, even after his guilty plea in February.
The fact that Bathon was able to collect on the pension while awaiting sentencing inspired a bill that State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) co-sponsored that would put an end to criminals collecting taxpayer-funded pensions. House Bill 3665 would close a loophole that allows elected officials and public employees to collect a taxpayer funded pension for felony acts which occurred while working for the taxpayers. That bill is currently waiting action in a House Rules Committee.