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Former firefighter Meza paid in $177K to pension fund, could collect $3.55M in retirement

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By Local Labs News Service | Dec 1, 2018

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Former firefighter Carlos Meza, who retired in November 2018, saved $176,681 toward a pension over 29 years working for fire departments, Firemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago records show.

Over 30 years of retirement, Meza would collect as much as $3.55 million, according to a projection by Local Government Information Services (LGIS), which publishes Chicago City Wire.

The projection assumes Meza received $74,545 in the first year of retirement, then 3 percent annual increases thereafter, compounded.

After 3 years of retirement, Meza will have already received $230,410 in retirement benefits, or more than the sum total of the retiree's contributions to the state pension fund.

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