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Pension bonanza for government workers, survivors

Updated: November 17, 2010 11:26AM



Want to retire with a fat pension- Get a government job in Illinois. Nearly 4,000 retired government workers have pensions that pay them at least $100,000. More than half have collected more than $1 million each since they retired. It costs more than $800 million a month of governments to cover their pension burden, according to a first-of-its-kind Sun-Times analysis.

To see who's getting what, search one of the two forms below. The first includes annual pensions for people paid from the 17 largest retirement plans for government workers in Chicago, Cook County and the state of Illinois. The second covers the survivors of retirees. In all, 374,041 people are in the two databases.

Retiree pensions Survivor pensions


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