Category Archives: Illinois Pensions

Is Leyden High School SD 212 Achieving Its Transparency Goal ?


In a democracy it is especially important that citizens have access to information so they can actively participate in government and make good choices on Election Day;  at Leyden School District 212, transparency is the best way to promote #leydenpride … Continue reading

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Northern Illinois Hiring Practices and Expenditures Questioned


An Office of Executive Inspector General investigation into Northern Illinois University’s hiring and spending practices has found that President Doug Baker routinely circumvented state laws and regulations to reward friends and associates. The report, commissioned after watchdog groups and whistleblowers … Continue reading

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Schiller Park Voters Need Answers Before Election Day


  When will the candidates for the elective offices for the Village of Schiller Park focus on the voter issues? We as voters would like to hear the candidates positions on many issues confronting Schiller Park today.  We need to … Continue reading

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Budget Battle Continues in Springfield 


You’ll recall that the governor campaigned on the idea of raising the income tax a bit (he never really said by how much) and then rolling it all the way back to 3 percent by the end of his first … 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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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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Interesting Editorial in the Pantograph To Think About


Pantograph Editorial: Illinois needs to push harder for school consolidationMay 1, 2016  One of the maddening aspects of the state’s ongoing financial crisis is that some obvious long-term solutions are rarely considered. As we’ve stated before, one solution to the … Continue reading

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Can Illinois Have A Budget Deal without Madigan ?


Possible budget deal in the Illinois Senate announced this afternoon.  But where is the Illinois House and Mike Madigan?   Details remain fluid, but the Senate began moving multiple pieces of legislation Monday that include an increase in the income … Continue reading

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Ald. Ameya Pawar Throws First Official Hat in Democratic Ring for Illinois Governor


For a sitting, massively rich Republican governor who just added $50 million in personal cash to his re-election campaign, a sitting Chicago alderman with a measly $50,000 probably doesn’t seem much of a threat.And perhaps pro-business, union-critic Governor Bruce Rauner … Continue reading

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