Despite his federal conviction, former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge will be able to keep his pension, according to a vote by a police pension board Thursday.
Board member Mike Shields said the board voted 4 to 4 on a motion to terminate Burge’s pension.
A tie vote means the motion failed and Burge will continue receiving the $3,039 monthly pension.
Burge, 63, was sentenced last week to 4 1/2 years in prison following a conviction last summer on perjury and obstruction of justice related to the way he gave answers in a lawsuit that claimed he and underlings tortured murder suspects who were in police custody. He’s scheduled to report to prison in March.
Critics called the decision “outrageous,’’ but Shields, a member of the police department who voted against terminating Burge’s pension, said it boiled down to the “Illinois pension code and case law.
“Jon Burge had no law enforcement duties at the time he was alleged to have committed his crimes of perjury on an interrogatory in a civil deposition,” Shields said.