Drew Peterson may lose his $79k pension

Drew Peterson's mugshot February, 2013

Drew Peterson’s mugshot February, 2013


The Bolingbrook pension board has hired an outside lawyer to review the transcripts from Drew Peterson’s murder trial to determine whether or not the convicted killer should lose his pension.

In September of last year, it was reported that it was possible he could lose his $79,000 annual pension from the Bolingbrook Police Department as a result of the guilty verdict.

Under state law governing public employee pensions, a local pension board could revoke Peterson’s pension if it determines he used his police powers or even his skills as a veteran officer in the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Shortly after his conviction Peterson’s then attorney, Joel Brodsky, was confident that Drew would be keeping his pension, saying:

“His pension is safe…That money goes to his kids now anyway, even though I’m sure Jim Glasgow would like to see them thrown out in the street. It’s not like the trial. You would have to present actual evidence to the pension board and they don’t have that.”

It appears that now that Peterson has been sentenced, the city is going to see if that evidence exists.

Peterson’s adult son, Stephen Peterson, currently has power of attorney over his father’s affairs. He has also been taking care of his half-siblings, Anthony and Lacy, who are the children of his father and Stacy Peterson, who has been missing since October 2007.

Stacy Peterson has not yet been declared dead so her children do not collect Social Security benefits on her behalf.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune

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9 thoughts on “Drew Peterson may lose his $79k pension

  1. Disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge — who was fired in 1993 after years of allegations of police torture under his watch — still receives his $3,000-a-month pension check despite a felony conviction for lying about interrogation techniques. Amid ongoing challenges from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office, his attorneys so far have successfully argued that Burge’s perjury occurred long after he left the department and was not connected to his old job.

    None of those things will be enough to take his retirement away, his attorney Steve Greenberg said.

    “He wasn’t convicted on an obstruction of justice charge. He was convicted of murder,” Greenberg said. “There’s no connection between Kathleen Savio’s death and his job as a police officer.”

    “He murdered our sister for financial reasons like protecting this pension,” her sister Sue Doman said. “By letting him keep his pension, you’re giving him the power and control that he wanted.”

    http://www.saukvalley.com/2013/03/05/police-board-hires-expert-in-effort-to-strip-drew-peterson-of-pension/ai3o2xm/?page=1

  2. Under state law governing public employee pensions, a local pension board could revoke Peterson’s pension if it determines he used his police powers or even his skills as a veteran officer in the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    Hmmm, weren’t his Police Powers and skills exactly the attributes necessary to kill his ex-wife and make it look like an accident ?

  3. Really Steve Greenberg ?

    Wasn’t he in uniform and using the police cruiser when he drove into the street and summonsed Steve Carcerano to get involved, calling the locksmith, issuing instructions etc?

    Wasn’t he in uniform when he rounded up neighbors and got them to go inside the house?

    Wasn’t he inside Kathleens house, in uniform and appearing to be the one in charge when the first investigators, medics arrived?

  4. Oh well, considering by his own account Steve Greenberg doesn’t read- or post here, he will never see any of the above – LOL !

  5. “His pension is safe…That money goes to his kids now anyway, even though I’m sure Jim Glasgow would like to see them thrown out in the street. It’s not like the trial. You would have to present actual evidence

    to the pension board and they don’t have that.”

    Seems to me that Brodsky has finally admitted that there WAS evidence to convict him!

  6. OOPS screwed that up…..

    Anyway, I don’t know what to think about this. I don’t like that this money will be taken from the kids, but at the same time it seems like more punishment for Drew, which I like. 🙂

  7. OK…..I’m not saying this to be ugly but..if Plan A doesn’t work and the pension isn’t taken away…can it be reduced ….I feel Stephen needs to step up to the plate and find a job..what happens if DP dies..does the pension continue until the kids are 18….if I figured it right Lacy is 6 or 7 and she’s the youngest…believe it or not there aren’t that many shopping days till christmas …they grow up fast…can the board chose to allow the pension until she’s 18…I don’t want to see the kids punished for what their father did..can I add he is the scum of the earth….

  8. OK – I don’t like to say take money away from children, but if they do take it away, then maybe he will fess up on Stacy and then the children could get payments from SS. I’m sure it won’t be as much as the pension, but it will help to find some closure for Stacy’s family, and show everyone more of DP. Then yes, Stephen should also find employment. JMO

  9. I’m torn about it. I don’t want Stacy’s kids to suffer but I can also see the Savio’s point that part of the reason Drew killed Kathleen was to keep her from getting any of the pension. If he gets to keep it all then he profits from his crime, just as he wanted to.

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