Former top aide to Gov. Quinn pays money back after pension investigation

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An update to a WGN exclusive:

A mistake in the pension system meant a former top aide to Governor Quinn was getting $137,000 per year. She should have been getting under $20,000.

On Friday WGN was told, she has paid that money back.

WGN traveled to downstate Paris, Illinois, to talk with 63-year-old Carolyn Brown Hodge.

The former deputy chief of staff to Governor Quinn resigned in 2009.

She said she only found out about the overpayment the day WGN inquired about it.

That’s even though she was getting that pension for three years.

The executive director for the state employee retirement system says, they have all that money back.


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