Pension question in officer’s staged suicide inspires bill

Fox Lake Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz

Fox Lake Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) _ An Illinois lawmaker is proposing legislation prohibiting pension benefits for surviving relatives of an official if both are guilty of a crime.

The bill introduced last week is inspired by the case of a suburban Chicago police officer who authorities say staged his suicide last year because he feared discovery for his embezzlement of a youth program.

The wife of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, Melodie Gliniewicz, applied for her husband’s pension while she awaits trial on conspiracy charges. She has pleaded not guilty.

The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports that Melodie Gliniewicz is eligible for up to 75 percent of her husband’s $96,000 salary.

The proposed measure would not apply to Gliniewicz, only future cases. The earliest the bill could be heard is during the November fall session.
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Information from: The Northwest Herald