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Poor Taxpayer
30 days ago

This is the worst system that could ever be designed.
Not surprised it happen in Illinois.

rick1099
1 month ago

Where I live there is one high school with 4 feeder elementary schools. There are 5 separate districts with 5 superintendents, asst superintendents and separate taxing powers. 9 elementary schools and 1 high school in total equals a bunch of extra high paying jobs and a lot of extra taxes, medical, and legacy expenses.

Joey Zamboni
1 month ago
Reply to  rick1099

You are far from alone…

The True Believer
1 month ago
Reply to  Joey Zamboni

You are not alone.
I am here for you.

Poor Taxpayer
1 month ago
Reply to  rick1099

Illinois Government doing its best to screw the Poor honest hard working taxpayer.

Freddy
1 month ago

Godd article at http://www.nationalreview.com about the progressive tax. Search John Tillman

Poor Taxpayer
1 month ago

Only going to get worse, not better.
It is the History of Illinois Government, so what makes anyone think it will change?

Mike
1 month ago

As it stands now in Illinois, consolidation is not a slam dunk for easing the taxpayer burden. For instance merging elementary districts with high school districts historically has resulted in placing lower paid elementary teachers on the pay scale of the higher paid high school district. Ditto administrator pay eventually. Although some administrators can be eliminated, there are more teachers than administrators, so overall taxpayer labor costs often increase in such consolidations / mergers / reorganizations. The state has in the past offered an “incentive” to the reorganized school district, which expires over a period of say four years. So… Read more »

Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Enjoy the videos by the way.

Con
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Fortunately, the janus ruling is a bright spot.

Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Con

There are still government employees paying fair share (agency) fees to unions, despite the Janus decision in the US Supreme Court. Presumably some if not most of those employees do not know how to discontinue paying those non-member fees. State and local public sector workers can contact the National Right to Work Foundation (NRTW) or the Liberty Justice Center (IL) on how to opt out of paying fair share (agency fees), or full dues for that matter, to a union. http://www.nrtw.org/janus   http://www.libertyjusticecenter.org For instance, unions typically have a narrow window each year when previously enrolled non-members, and members, can… Read more »

NoHope4Illinois
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

I agree – the deck is stacked in Illinois against even weak, modest common sense reforms. This continues to build the case for no kind of bailout from U.S. taxpayers to Illinois.

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Mike

Mike, you are right about the pitfalls of consolidation in Illinois. Our research cautions that any consolidation be done with controls/laws to limit those “incentives.” And no, none of what we’re proposing now will happen under the current leadership. Our work will only make sense when the spigot runs dry.

Freddy
1 month ago
Reply to  Ted Dabrowski

Ted lets look at it another way. Instead of the schools telling us how much we owe after all the behind closed doors deals are done maybe the taxpayers should consolidate and tell the schools this is how much we can afford to pay. In Rockford the private schools charge approx $7K per student from K-12 vs Dist 205 at well over $14K. We the taxpayer should say-Can you educate our kids for(and give a $$ amount) and anything over that is tuition. If the parents have to pay for a half dozen ass’t supers and administrative bloat maybe things… Read more »

anonymous
1 month ago

Too much sanity and sense causes those in Illinois government to get a headache