Illinois felons – such as a certain former Chicago police commander – will find it more difficult to earn a public pension, under a law new law the governor signed. The law follows the revelation that Cmdr. Jon Burge can keep his pension despite his conviction in connection with torturing suspects. “The good police officers will tell you that he is not an example of the type of law enforcement that they want to be a part of,” says Bob Reed, director of investigations for the Better Government Association.
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“We support the law. When the public is not served properly, there’s no reason the people who caused the problems should be able to draw down a pension.” It’s not an easy time to wear a badge. Reed says while those of us who are not cops don’t understand what it’s like, we must achieve balance so we can all live together.