Do you think that you could live on a $427,000 pension?

That's what a retired University of Illinois professor rakes in.

According to Jim Tobin, of Taxpayers United of America, a bunch of others also are pulling in the kind of pensions that the Illinois public employee pension system simply cannot sustain. His press release reads:

The most outrageous pensions in all the Illinois state pension funds are to be found in the State University Retirement System (SURS), according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).

“If you want to see why the pension funds in Illinois are lurching toward insolvency, look no further than the State University Retirement System,” said Tobin. “The pensions are so mind-boggling that if I didn’t have our list of the Top 100 SURS pensions, no one would believe it.”

Here is the full list of the top 100.

Granted some of the top are highly expert in their medical or whatever field, but one must ask: Would they have received the same if they were in private practice? And whatever they "deserve" can Illinois taxpayers afford it?

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