Blagojevich's $65K state pension now in jeopardy

June 28, 2011

The Associated Press

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Blagojevich likely to lose pension.

Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is likely to lose his $65,000 annual state pension, but he could get $15,000 a year in federal retirement for the years he served in Congress. 

The Chicago Tribune reports Tuesday that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office will be asked to make a recommendation on whether Blagojevich should lose his pension. A spokeswoman for Madigan's office says the former governor must first be sentenced before the pension can be denied. It's uncertain when he'll be sentenced.

The 54-year-old Democrat could start collecting his state pension on his next birthday Dec. 10. Timothy Blair, executive director of the General Assembly Retirement System, says he hopes the pension board will have a ruling before that. 

Blagojevich could start drawing his federal pension at age 62.