Drew Peterson’s pension to be reviewed

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The Bolingbrook Police Pension Board this afternoon voted to hold hearings to determine whether retired sergeant and convicted killer Drew Peterson should lose his retirement pension.

The five-person board voted unanimously to conduct the hearings, which could begin as soon as the summer.

“This is going to take some time,” said pension board attorney Richard Reimer.

Under Illinois law, the board could revoke Peterson’s $79,000-a-year pension if it finds he used his law-enforcement powers or skills to drown his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004.

The village hired attorney Charles Atwell last year to review the trial transcripts and determine whether Peterson’s crime met that threshold. In a brief letter sent to village officials in December, Atwell said state statutes would support holding a hearing to consider terminating the benefit.

“By reason of the aforesaid felony conviction, I believe there exists sufficient evidence, upon which the board may proceed to conduct a hearing to consider termination of Peterson’s pension benefits,” Atwell wrote in the letter, which the Tribune obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

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