Senator Kirk Opposes Blagojevich Pension

By WEEK Producer

June 14, 2011 Updated Jun 14, 2011 at 7:15 PM CDT

Jurors in the Rod Blagojevich corruption retrial are in their third day of deliberations. The former Governor faces 20 federal corruption charges, including wire fraud, attempted extortion, and soliciting bribes. Last year, he was convicted on one count of lying to the F-B-I. Since the crime occurred after Blagojevich left office, he remains eligible for a 15 thousand dollar yearly congressional pension.

However, United States Senator Mark Kirk says the payments should be forfeited regardless of the time of the crime. Senator Kirk said, "You are given as an elected official, a position of special trust and confidence. And you should not violate that. And you should certainly forefeit your right to a tax payer funded pension, if a jury of 12 of your peers convicts you of a public intergrity felony, beyond the shadow of a doubt."

On Monday, Republican Senator Mark Kirk announced legislation that would expand outdated laws to block congressional pensions of those convicted of a felony crime ... even if it happens after they leave federal office.

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