Crime & Courts

Tentative date set for pension hearings for wife of disgraced Fox Lake officer

Hearings previously scheduled for Tuesday regarding Melodie Gliniewicz’s application to receive her husband’s pension could take place in July and September.

A 19-item agenda issued by the Fox Lake Police Pension Fund Board included arguments and possible action on several pending motions related to her request.

The meeting, scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Village Hall, got a late start after attorneys spoke privately about deadlines for filing future responses, evidence and witness lists.

When they emerged about 11 a.m., a tentative July 10 hearing was scheduled to address two motions filed separately by attorneys for both Gliniewicz and the village.

A decision regarding the pension could be made by Sept. 10.

In 2016, Melodie Gliniewicz submitted an official application to receive the pension of her late husband, disgraced Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph “Joe” Gliniewicz. The officer’s widow faces several felony charges of money laundering, conspiracy and misusing charitable funds.

Lake County authorities claim that Melodie Gliniewicz and her husband misspent more than $10,000 in funds from the Fox Lake Police Explorer Post 300, which Joe Gliniewicz ran before he committed suicide to cover up the actions.

When Melodie Gliniewicz submitted her application, village officials filed a petition to allow them to weigh in on the process that otherwise would include only the five-member pension board and the applicant. The petition was approved in May 2016, allowing the village to intervene.

“I think the village is ready to move forward with this case,” Fox Lake Village Administrator Anne Marrin said Tuesday morning.

Illinois law bars felons from receiving pensions if they have been convicted of crimes related to their service, and allows the Illinois attorney general to stop public pension payments to convicted felons. However, Gliniewicz’s activity did not come to light until after his death.

The Fox Lake Police Pension Fund Board previously blocked Melodie Gliniewicz from collecting payments for her late husband until the criminal case against her is complete. That ruling has since been reversed.

Should the commission approve Melodie Gliniewicz’s application, the Gliniewicz family could receive a pension between 50 percent and 75 percent of the nearly 30-year police veteran’s salary, which village documents show was about $96,000.

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