Wednesday, May 28, 2008

 

Carol Ronen's Pension

A 35% increase for 8 weeks of work

Former State Representative Carol Ronen worked for Governor Rod Blagojevich's office for 8 weeks. The Sun-Times reports:
Ronen, a 63-year-old Democrat from Chicago, is Blagojevich's onetime Senate floor leader. The governor hired her as a $120,000-a-year senior adviser on March 1, but she left on April 30 to become a volunteer for presidential hopeful Barack Obama. The job Blagojevich gave her allowed her to increase her pension from $64,005 to $102,000 annually.
Blagojevich claims he envisioned a long term role for Rosen and he only learned of the pension increase by reading the newspaper. Rosen offers this defense:
"My entire career has been devoted to public service, part of the time in the Legislature and part of the time in the executive branches of state and city governments," Ronen said. "My pension is based on all those years of service. It's not a scam."
Yes, it is.

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