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Aldermanic pensions? No way, says one

Evanston Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, says he is opposed to the idea of pensions for aldermen that was raised at Monday's Human Services Committee meeting.

In a phone interview late this afternoon, Wilson, who is not a member of the committee, said he thinks it's important for the city "to try to limit our penson obligations, not expand them."

Evanston Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, says he is opposed to the idea of pensions for aldermen that was raised at Monday's Human Services Committee meeting.

In a phone interview late this afternoon, Wilson, who is not a member of the committee, said he thinks it's important for the city "to try to limit our penson obligations, not expand them."

He said that for city employees already covered by pension programs he's in favor of moving from defined benefit to defined contribution, or 401(k) style, plans.

"But as far as aldermen go, their term is fairly short and I don't think that a pension would be an appropriate enticement to get people to run," Wilson said, adding, "I know they aren't in it for the money, anyway."

"Generally speaking I want to see less going out for pensions, not more," he said.

The Human Services Committee discussion began with the issue of whether the aldermen should adopt a resolution that would entitle Township Assessor Bonnie Wilson, who is not related to Alderman Wilson, to a pension for her part-time elected job.

But the discussion quickly expanded to whether aldermen, who also serve part time, could also qualify for pension coverage under the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

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