Grayslake Schools Raises Property Taxes While Handing Out Bonuses
The Grayslake School Board voted 4-2 to raise their levy and thus taxes on homeowners. But what surprised the roughly 70 citizens in attendance, Superintendent Ellen Correll announced she made the decision to use Federal Jobs Money (stimulus) to dole out bonuses to many other teachers and administration.
The attendees in the audience were overwhelmingly... [Read more...]
IL State Senate passes school choice bill
The Illinois State Senate passed legislation to allow students in poorly performing Chicago school to receive a voucher to attend a private school. This is great news for the children of Chicago. However, it should be expanded to the entire state. All children deserve equal funding, not just some kids in Chicago. It is time to start funding the child... [Read more...]
Fox News Chicago on Illinois Pensions
Below is the story and my interview on Fox News Chicago tonight on Illinois pensions:
UPDATE: The Illinois Legislature passed some semblance of pension reform tonight. See more details at Illinois Review.
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Why is Palatine CCSD 15 Borrowing Without Voter Approval?
Palatine District 15 is looking to issues bonds (borrow money) without voter approval. This money is to be used in their working cash fund and in new construction projects. The problem is they are not getting voter approval to do this because legally they don’t have to. This is called a back door referendum.
According to school board member... [Read more...]
Illinois’ Financial State of the State
Truth In Accounting has the following on Illinois financial troubles:
The revised numbers indicate that Illinois’ unfunded promises for state employees’ health care benefits now exceed $39.9 billion. As of June 30, 2007 this amount was calculated to be $23.9 billion. We have yet to determine why this liability went up by $16 billion in one year.
Illinois... [Read more...]
11 Pension Questions for the Next Governor
From Bill Zettler (Champion News)
By Bill Zettler
RE: Retirement Benefits for State Employees vs. Non-state Employees.
NOTE: 320,000 of Illinois 6.5 million workers (5%) are eligible for state pension and retiree health care.
Why can 5% of Illinois workers retire with full pension and healthcare benefits at age 55 while the 95% have to wait until 65?
Why... [Read more...]
100 Top State Pensions for 2009
The pensions in the state have gotten out of hand are a burden on the taxpayers of this state, especially since the state has no sense of responsibility in funding them properly. Below are some of the highlights (See the full list at Champion News)
3,597 Illinois “Public Servants” Receive $100,000 Plus.
Pensions In 2009 Up 12% From 2008.
96... [Read more...]
Michigan Teacher Perks
Hat tip: Extreme Wisdom
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District 46 School Board Meeting Video
I’ll type up my notes when I have time. Until then, you can watch the 2 hours of meeting online. Thankfully they, did not record the blank time of 1 hour during closed session at the beginning of the meeting. Be patient, it takes awhile for the video to load.
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Help bring transparency to Grayslake D46 Schools
This is a call to action for transparency advocates. Next Wed, Feb. 3rd there will be meeting of the Grayslake School Board. Joe Calomino of the Americans for Prosperity will be speaking along with myself in requesting the school districts places it’s check register online.
You can read the original request here. The district has been spending... [Read more...]