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Mark Larocca
7 months ago

Zero reason for the people of Illinois to share in the bad decisions leadership made. Lay offs and start selling assets. More importantly bring in outside receivers!!!!!

Riverbender
7 months ago

Shared sacrifice? Does this mean the teachers won’t get paid to sit at home doing nothing?

Poor Taxpayer
7 months ago

Raise Taxes, Higher, Higher, Higher.
Save your breath if you think the Unions will give the honest hard working taxpayer a break.
Cops, Teachers, and firemen are living in luxury homes in Florida laughing all the way to the bank.
The virus will be easier on the taxpayer than a greedy government employee.

7 months ago

It is shocking to me, and I believe the entire population of hardworking taxpayers, that public employee pensions that are multi- billions of dollars in unfinanced debt and CAN NOT BE PAID yet still remain protected from corrective adjustment to the times; and the Governor and controlling party in Springfield continue to play the patronage game and only seek new ways of raising taxes. The even bigger scandal is that the local media, who themselves have a duty to the public, are themselves NOT sounding the alarm, as only you have, to make this a daily issue – until it… Read more »

Poor Taxpayer
7 months ago
Reply to  Herb Caplan

Feel like you are being screwed? It is because you are.

JimBob
7 months ago

There is authority for the European Union mandating changes in the Greek pension system (reduction of certain benefits) as a condition of getting EU assistance. One may debate the comparison between the EU and member states and the US and its states under our system of federalism. However, the excerpt below states the case for reduction of benefits to save the pension system and the general Greek economy. The Public Interest in Times of Financial Crisis (https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctv941rcf.8) “The Greek courts as well as the ECtHR (European Court of Human Rights) declared the legitimacy of the fiscal interests of the State… Read more »

Old Spartan
7 months ago

Here is a great example- not very scientific, but a real life, real people anecdote. I like to hit golf balls at a local public owned privately managed driving range. Went there today as the temperature hit 70 degrees. Couldn’t hit golf balls since the facility is closed because it is not an “essential” business. Some of the staff personnel were standing in the parking lot talking and trying to figure out if there is a way to get some of the facilities open. The cart guy, manage of the pro shop, and the waitress in the bar. All of… Read more »

Susan
7 months ago
Reply to  Old Spartan

Take pictures of the public employees.
Take pictures of their parked vehicles and license plates. (Were they using official vehicles?)
Ask golf course staff for statements and get their contact info.

Then go through all proper complaint-lodging channels including litigation (if you can do so without losing money. Look into tax objection lawsuits). Document all your (fruitless) efforts for use in litigation.

Public sector bad actors have no consequences unless private citizens introduce some.

Illinois Entrepreneur
7 months ago
Reply to  Susan

This is great advice, Susan, but many people here don’t like to stick their necks out. There are many reasons you can imagine, but first and foremost, if you own a business or live in the district, these public employees will make you pay for your intransigence. The last thing some guy or gal wants is a war with a bunch of public employees with nothing but time on their hands during a pandemic. Many of us have our own set of real problems to deal with. Hence, the problem. But yes, I totally agree that it is up to… Read more »

Susan
7 months ago

I understand. Have experienced retaliation firsthand.
That is why I am designing a website to offer crowdfunding for crowdsourced evidence of political malfeasance .
Features include protective anonymity for watchdogs, rewards for watchdogs, and aggregation of similarly affected potential plaintiffs seeking counsel —counsel who do not live locally and so do not rely on primary income from local government bodies and their…how do i put this nicely…their affiliates.

JimBob
7 months ago
Reply to  Susan

Law firm layoffs are starting. Some fairly smart people from BigLaw will be available in Illinois and elsewhere. Can we raise enough to hire some of them plus build a fence with guard-posts around their office? Some football linemen may also become available if stadiums are mothballed.