Asuburban Chicago lawmaker is pushing to ban the cash bonuses that some school districts give to retired educators, a practice that costs local taxpayers thousands of dollars.

State Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, said he wasn’t aware of the so-called post-retirement bonuses until the Tribune last month highlighted the little-noticed payouts that are tucked into teacher and administrator contracts.

McSweeney filed legislation Friday that would prohibit suburban and downstate school districts from including post-retirement bonuses in contracts.

He said he may also include Chicago Public Schools in the legislation since the district, in its tentative contract agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union, has agreed to give cash bonuses to teachers who agree to retire at the end of the school year.

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