The “teacher for a day” pension windfall is almost over. The Illinois House has passed a bill which its sponsor, Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego), says will stop cases such as the one which got much notice – thanks to a newspaper story earlier this year. Steve Preckwinkle (pictured) and David Piccioli were able to use their years of service with the Illinois Federation of Teachers to vest in the Teachers Retirement System through a loophole allowing them to be substitute teachers for one day apiece.
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Cross says it’s an outrage even by Illinois standards. The bill, which has already passed the Senate, prohibits public employees on a leave of absence from earning credit from a public pension fund and a union pension fund concurrently. HB 3813 has passed the House, 108-4-1, and goes to the governor.