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Even though former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was convicted on 17 felony counts yesterday, his taxpayer funded U.S. Congressional Pension of $15,000 per year will not be affected. The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Because Blagojevich lied to the FBI and allegedly committed his other felonies after he served his three terms in Congress, he gets to keep his $15,000-a-year congressional pension even if convicted on all counts.

U.S. taxpayers shell out $800,000 a year in pensions for convicted former congressmen, according to the National Taxpayers Union.

Senator Mark Kirk R-IL and Reps. Robert Dold R-Il, Mike Quigley D-IL and Dan Lipinski D-IL have introduced a bill to stop future convicted felons from receiving congressional benefits.

Read more: Chicago Sun-Times


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