Burge Gets to Keep Pension

A close vote allows the former police commander to keep pay

Thursday, Jan 27, 2011  |  Updated 2:24 PM CDT
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Burge Gets to Keep Pension

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Former Police Cmdr. Jon Burge

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A close vote by the police pension board ruled Thursday that former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge will get to keep his pension, the Chicago Tribune reports.

State pension code says that police officers are not eligible to collect their pensions if they are convicted of a felony relating or connected to their job as a police officer.

The board stated that Burge's conviction doesn't directly relate to his job.

Five votes were needed to prevent Burge from receiving his pension of $3,039.03 per month. The vote was 4-4.

During his sentencing earlier this month, the 63-year-old Burge apologized for the disrepute that his case brought on the Chicago Police Department and asked the federal judge for mercy in her sentencing.

Judge Joan Lefkow said she did not believe Burge's claim that he had no knowledge of the torture that occurred under his command.

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