Illinois pension system: 2 teachers union lobbyists used loophole for fat pensions - Chicago Tribune 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. Democrat lawmakers passing laws to benefit union lobbyists and wasting taxpayer funds. Who would have thought??? You won't see this being the subject of a protest.