01/19/2012 11:00 am ET Updated Mar 20, 2012

Private-Sector Lobbyists Stand To Collect Public-Sector Pensions

Township Officials of Illinois is a private trade group, not a governmental agency, yet its employees are eligible for public-sector pensions subsidized by taxpayers, the Better Government Association has learned.

No one from TOI is currently drawing a pension from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. But TOI's four full-time employees, two of whom are registered lobbyists, stand to draw the potentially lucrative retirement benefit down the road, according to interviews and records.

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