Jeff Keicher, Republican candidate for Representative in the 70th district, today announced that he will not accept a taxpayer-funded pension or healthcare if elected to the General Assembly.
“I cannot ask hard working taxpayers in Illinois to pay for a pension or provide healthcare for part-time work in the legislature,” said Keicher. “Public service is honorable but it should not be used to enrich a person’s pocketbook. As a small business owner, I’m running for office for the first time to help balance the budget and stop reckless spending. As a state legislator I will lead by example. We must learn to live within our means without asking taxpayers for more of their hard-earned money, especially when it comes to lavish benefits for part time work.”
Illinois’ five pension systems including the General Assembly Retirement System have more than $130 billion in unfunded pension liability. Pension payments cost more than seven billion dollars annually and consume nearly twenty percent of the state’s budget putting pressure on important priorities such as education, health care, and infrastructure.
“I also support legislation eliminating pension and healthcare benefits for all state legislators,” said Keicher. “I’m happy to do my part by declining a pension and healthcare but we should eliminate these perks for all lawmakers. We need to change the mindset in the Illinois General Assembly back to citizen legislators leading by example. Career politicians have gotten us where we are today, I think we can all agree things should be done differently.”