SPRINGFIELD -- It’s hard to feel sorry for Gordon Maag.
The 61-year-old state retiree is pulling in an annual pension of $98,696 -- but he is still suing the state for more.
In addition to the hefty pension he began collecting at age 55 and his annual guaranteed cost of living adjustments, he believes he is entitled to free health insurance for life.
In June, Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation which calls for requiring retired state employees, university workers, lawmakers and judges to begin paying premiums for state health insurance.
It’s the state’s first baby step toward being a bit more austere with public employee benefits.
Mind you, no one is asking all of these retirees to[...]