Dozens of former elected officials in suburbs surrounding Chicago are collectively receiving tens of thousands of dollars a year in pension benefits even though they mostly worked part time. Some current and former office holders are questioning whether part-time work as an alderman, mayor or clerk deserves such benefits. One of them, Naperville city councilman Grant Wehrli, tried to do away with his pension eligibility but was voted down by fellow council members. Once officials have entered the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund they can't opt out without such a vote or without stepping down. The Arlington Heights Daily Herald used an open records request to find that 42 former suburban officials who worked mostly part time will collectively receive more than $200,000 this year in retirement benefits.
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