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Judges left out of Illinois pension reform plan

The Illinois House and Senate Tuesday passed the pension reform bill, a major overhaul aimed at addressing Illinois' $100 billion pension crisis. State Representative Bill Mitchell of Forsyth says the legislation will reduce the benefits for recipients, except for the judges.

Judges receive the highest average annual pension of any public employee, yet their benefits would remain untouched.

The nearly 1,000 retired judges earn an average annual pension of more than $112,000 while the average public employee retiree draws an average annual pension of about $40,000.

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