Judge: Teacher Pension For Union Lobbyist Can Be Defended 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former lobbyist for an Illinois teachers union has lost his battle to retain an enhanced pension benefit obtained through a 2007 law. The law allowed him to count past years as a union employee toward a teacher pension. Sangamon County Judge Ryan Cadagin this week determined the provision in the law that benefited retired Illinois Federation of Teachers lobbyist David Piccioli represented “unconstitutional special legislation.” Piccioli said Thursday he may appeal the decision.