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    2 teachers union lobbyists teach for a day to qualify for hefty pensions

    SPRINGFIELD Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in 2007, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has found.Steven Preckwinkle, the political director for the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and fellow union lobbyist David Piccioli were the only people who took advantage of a small window opened by lawmakers a few months earlier.





    The legislation enabled union officials to get into the state teachers pension fund and count their previous years as union employees after quickly obtaining teaching certificates and working in a classroom. They just had to do it before the bill was signed into law.
    Preckwinkle's one day of subbing qualified him to become a participant in the state teachers pension fund, allowing him to pick up 16 years of previous union work and nearly five more years since he joined. He's 59, and at age 60 he'll be eligible for a state pension based on the four-highest consecutive years of his last 10 years of work.

    His paycheck fluctuates as a union lobbyist, but pension records show his earnings in the last school year were at least $245,000. Based on his salary history so far, he could earn a pension of about $108,000 a year, more than double what the average teacher receives.

    Illinois pension system: 2 teachers union lobbyists used loophole for fat pensions - Chicago Tribune
    It's all about the kids though....Right?


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    Re: 2 teachers union lobbyists teach for a day to qualify for hefty pensions

    The Chicago way.

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    Re: 2 teachers union lobbyists teach for a day to qualify for hefty pensions

    Disgusting.

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    Re: 2 teachers union lobbyists teach for a day to qualify for hefty pensions

    I would be pro-union too if I were on the good end of that deal.

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    Re: 2 teachers union lobbyists teach for a day to qualify for hefty pensions

    I'm just trying to imagine what THOSE classes must be like....anyone ever see "Thank You For Smoking"? I'm picturing that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    I'm just trying to imagine what THOSE classes must be like....anyone ever see "Thank You For Smoking"? I'm picturing that...
    My guess was it was a lecture on the evil greediness of "the man".

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfectStorm View Post
    My guess was it was a lecture on the evil greediness of "the man".

    Yeah, or a prep class on taking to the streets in support of OWS...

    parents, be warned these are who are teaching our kids.

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    Re: 2 teachers union lobbyists teach for a day to qualify for hefty pensions

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    It's all about the kids though....Right?


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    Chicago eh? Not surprising.
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    Re: 2 teachers union lobbyists teach for a day to qualify for hefty pensions

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Yeah, or a prep class on taking to the streets in support of OWS...

    parents, be warned these are who are teaching our kids.

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    You can always homeschool.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    You can always homeschool.
    Yep, or support more charter schools. I prefer the latter. I am a believer that the socialization that children receive through their school years is important.

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