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updated: 11/9/2011 5:08 PM

House targets loophole on teachers' pensions

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  • Rep. Jack Franks, a Woodstock Democrat, argues legislation while on the House floor Wednesday in Springfield.

      Rep. Jack Franks, a Woodstock Democrat, argues legislation while on the House floor Wednesday in Springfield.
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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois lawmakers are trying to close a loophole that let two lobbyists qualify for retirement benefits as teachers after spending a single day in the classroom.

The measure passed the House on Wednesday and now goes to the state Senate.

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It targets two lobbyists for the Illinois Federation of Teachers. They spent one day as substitutes, which allowed them to qualify for the teachers' pension system.

Democratic Rep. Jack franks of Marengo calls it "depressing" that he needed to sponsor legislation to remove them from the pension system.

His bill passed 112-0.

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