I awoke yesterday morning with the thought that a campaign promise by 66th District Republican Primary Election candidate Paul Serwatka may have stimulated the biggest teachers union in the state to give 66th District opponent Carolyn Schofield $53,900.
Serwatka’s press release said he would create “a PropertyTax Relief Fund to combat the extreme Property Taxes plaguing 66th District families.”
Further, he would jump start that fund by donating his “entire salary” to the Political Action Committee.
His goal is “to hold local taxing bodies accountable, effect fiscal responsibility and promote fiscal conservatism within – and in a very meaningful way.”
The only way to do that is to get involved in local elections and those who take a look at their property tax bills know that most of the money goes to schools.
That’s pretty much was Serwatka says in this part of his press release where he explains that the fund would be
“…a concerted effort to stop reckless and abusive spending by local taxing bodies which results in the increased tax levies that affect our property taxes most.
“The fund will focus on creating a local awareness of relevant issues, organizing residents, promoting fiscally conservative policies and electing fiscally conservative members to local taxing bodies within the 66th Dist.”
If you were one of the leaders of the Illinois Education Association, wouldn’t that catch your attention?
Especially after the Northwest Herald put it in ink.
The teachers unions in most school district are local affiliates of the Illinois Education Association.
The Crystal Lake High School District 155 union was deeply involved in last spring’s elections and won two out of three of the seats on the ballot. It’s Political Action Committee–School District No 155 Education Assn IPACE Fund–has over $3,300 more that could be given to Schofield.
The importance of the elections is noted in the following, found on this IEA local union web site:
“We’d like to stress again that these elections are very important.
“Historically, these elections have very low turnout, so every vote counts!
“Especially in these times when both public education and unions are under attack, it is very important that we all exercise our right to vote and elect officials who see us as part of the solution, not part of the problem.”
Maybe I’m wrong.
But, I might be right.