Pensions bills are full of stuff that would not withstand the light of day.
That’s why I voted against the vast majority of them.
One of the things I noticed while reading some of them was that lobbyists were included.
They usually were lobbyists for associations representing governmental groups like teachers, municipalities, etc.
When a former Illinois teacher, Reggie Weaver, was head of the National Education Association, he was in a state pension system, having previously been head of the Illinois Education Association.
In the news most recently, was the pension of Illinois Federation of Teachers lobbyist David Piccioli.
He got legislative approval that allowed him to teach one day and then get a teachers pension.
A Springfield judge ruled that was improper, which was reported last Friday.
Whether the Circuit Court decision will be overridden or not remains to be seen, of course.
You can read the Tribune’s story by Ray Long here.