A state appellate court has ruled that a connected Chicago-area former police chief's pension was incorrectly approved and he's not entitled to it.
The Illinois Second District Appellate Court ruled June 20 that Thomas Sheahan is not eligible for an Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, or IMRF, pension. The ruling states that Sheahan loses the pension because, though the fund incorrectly advised Sheahan to transfer credits from other pension funds to IMRF, this was invalid under state law.
IMRF Executive Director Louis Kosiba said in a statement, "IMRF is pleased with the Appellate Court decision upholding our right not to pay a benefit to Mr. Sheahan based on the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Personnel (SLEP) formula."
IMRF would not comment about the dollar amounts connected to Sheahan's canceled pension in connection with his six years as the Oak Brook chief of police.
Sheahan's attorney, Lonny Ben Ogus, said his client is losing his earned retirement because of someone else's mistake.
"IMRF agrees he followed their instructions. The court has found he followed their instructions," Ogus said. "Why does Tom Sheahan bear the burden for their mistakes?"
Ogus said the court's ruling could be appealed to the state Supreme Court but wouldn't confirm whether his client planned to pursue an appeal of the ruling.
Sheahan is currently the village manager in suburban Lyons. He said he was unaware of the ruling when contacted June 22