Category Archives: Finance

In Schiller Park, I Predict…………………….


It’s 4 pm on Election Day in Schiller Park, and it is clear by the turn out and conversations that Nick Caiafa and his entire slate are the clear winners.      Let me be the first to congratulate Nick … Continue reading

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Should Leyden and Norwood Park Township Villages Opt Out of Cook County Minimum Wage Ordinance ?


Following the lead of the City of Chicago and other municipalities nationwide, on October 26, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to gradually increase the minimum wage in Cook County to $13 per hour by July of 2020. … Continue reading

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Are Grade Centers the Answer for Norridge SD 80 ?


Current discussion to create grade centers in Norridge School District 80 raises a specter that has been debated numerous times throughout our country.    The relative benefit of one particular grade configuration over another has been the subject of this … Continue reading

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Is Leyden Area Special Education CoOp (LASEC) Obsolete ?  Should Norwood Park Grammar Schools Withdraw From LASEC and Consolidate Special Education Services ?


  Leyden Area Special Education CoOp (LASEC) is a partnership organization composed of Leyden SD212, Elmwood Park Consolidated SD401 ,  Ridgewood SD234 , Mannheim SD83, Franklin Park SD84,  River Grove SD85.5 ,  Rhodes SD84.5 , Norridge SD80, Pennoyer SD79, Union … Continue reading

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Maybe It’s Time To Discuss the Consolidation of the Norwood Park Township Grammar Schools(SD79,SD80,SD86)


The word of the week is “consolidation”;  so lets think about consolidation of the three grammar school districts in Norwood Park Township into one grammar school District. A day does not go by that there is some news regarding the … Continue reading

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My Goal for All Parishioners: Be Passionate, Be Concerned, Be Involved in the Chicago Archdiocese Parish Consolidation Process


I am going to open with my closing thoughts from an earlier posting on this topic of Chicago Archdiocese parish consolidation: “My closing thoughts:  I think this is a great opportunity for all people and for the archdiocese. We have … Continue reading

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The Repurposing of Chicago Archdiocesan Parish Real Estate is Being Met With Great Anticipation By Developers and Expectations of Large Profits By All But The Parishioners


 While the parishioners of St Rosalie  are split up between St Priscilla , St Francis Borgia and possibly, St. Pascal’s , and the parishioners of Divine Savior are sent to Our Lady Mother of the Church the Chicago Archdiocese … Continue reading

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What is the future of the Catholic parishes in Schiller Park ?


A radical overhaul in the nation’s third-largest Roman Catholic archdiocese could shutter many of the Chicago church’s houses of worship by 2030 as it reckons with decaying buildings and an expected shortage of priests, was further outlined in a letter … Continue reading

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Why Schools Resist Consolidating —-There are financial and educational benefits to merging small school districts, yet it’s almost always a hard sell.


No great surprise here: A recent audit in New Jersey recommended that the state move forward with school district consolidation efforts. While New Jersey has already merged several school districts, it still has some 545 of them, more than many … Continue reading

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Illinois Has Too Many School Districts


From 1930 through 1970, a gradual consolidation process eliminated 9 of every 10 school districts nationally. The number of districts in the U.S. fell dramatically, to fewer than 20,000 from over 120,000. Illinois followed similar trends. In 1942, Illinois had … Continue reading

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