Campaign contributors get pensions for their lobbyists

ICPR Executive Director Brian Gladstein spoke last week with WGN about teachers pensions granted to two lobbyists with the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Watch the video here.

These kinds of deals foster the impression that the state Capitol is a private playground, and the rest of us are just here to pay for it.

Ordinary people cannot be expected to read every clause of every law that gets passed. We trust our elected officials to look out for the public interest, and in this instance our elected officials failed us.

It’s hard to see how a rule like this benefits the taxpayers of Illinois.

Year in and year out, the IFT is one of the largest campaign contributors in Illinois and here we see one of the payoffs they get in return for giving so much to candidates.