Madigan sues to block Burge pension

February 7, 2011

By Ryan Haggerty Tribune reporter

Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued today to block disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge from collecting a pension because of his felony conviction.

Just days after Burge was sentenced last month for lying about the torture and abuse of criminal suspects, the city’s police pension board, in a controversial decision, allowed Burge to continue to receive his pension of more than $3,000 a month.

The eight board members of the police pension board split down the middle, with four current or former Chicago police officers elected by their fellow officers voting in Burge's favor and four civilian trustees appointed by Mayor Richard Daley voting against him. The tie meant that Burge kept his pension.