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In Illinois, the top beneficiary is Leslie Heffez, an oral surgeon who retired from the U. of Illinois at Chicago (where Donald Trump had to cancel one of his rallies), receiving an annual pension of $547,000. If he lives to age 81, he’ll get $18 million from taxpayers. Today, 50% of the cost of tuition at Illinois public universities goes to pensions. This means half of the student loan debt goes only to support ex-university employees who no longer work and saved little for their retirement. While this is the highest pension, the average is $71,600, and each retiree will receive $2 million in retirement. In Illinois, from 2006 to 2015, the state added 8 billion new dollars to higher education, and every cent went only to pensions.

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