CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of elected county officials throughout Illinois — including some who earn more than $100,000 despite working only part time for a portion of their careers — enjoy far more generous pension plan benefits than those offered to other government workers, according to a published report.

The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that lawmakers tightened the rules in the late 1990s, but not before about 750 people joined a pension plan that allowed them to reap benefits otherwise reserved for elected county officials. More than 500 of the 750 people who joined the pension plan have since retired, according to the Tribune, including 17 whose initial pensions were more than $100,000.

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