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ROBSON: Cops do not get a generous pension.
I guess it depends on what you consider generous. I would take 50 - 75% of my salary after I retired.

From the Fox Lake Hero's aftermath:

The line-of-duty question is important because when police officers or firefighters die as a result of actions taken to save lives or protect the public, their surviving spouses are entitled to enhanced death benefits -- a pension equal to 100 percent of salary at the time of death as opposed to 50 to 75 percent of salary, as well as free health insurance, more than half a million dollars in state and federal payments and free in-state college tuition for the children of the deceased. We owe our heroes nothing less.

Gliniewicz was no doubt well aware of these provisions, which is why he allegedly worked so hard to fool us all into thinking he was gunned down by evildoers and didn't just end it all in a more conventional way.

It's unlikely that pension officials will wrestle with the question very long before deciding that, no, Gliniewicz did not die in the line of duty.

But does his family deserve any pension benefits at all?

Section 3-147 of the Illinois Pension Code says that pension benefits are to be denied "to any person who is convicted of any felony relating to or arising out of or in connection with his or her service as a police officer."

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