District 300 Spearheads Monday Trip to Springfield in Attempt to Thwart Plans to Force Real Estate Taxpayers to Continue Sears Subsidy
A press release from School District 300
D300 headed to Springfield to lobby against Amendment 3
D300 has invited all taxpayers, parents, students, and education employees to caravan to the Lincoln Statue at the State Capitol this Monday, Oct. 24, to lobby against Amendment 3 of State Senate Bill 540, which could be voted upon as early as the next day.
This legislative field trip is the district’s last chance to stop this misleading and misguided legislation before the State Senate makes its final decision.
More than 11,000 people have signed a petition opposing this legislation.
The Village Boards in Algonquin, West Dundee, and Sleepy Hollow have all passed resolutions supporting the district’s position, and the Village Boards in Gilberts, Carpentersville, and Hampshire are expected to follow suit this week.
Sleepy Hollow officials called the lack of transparency in this legislation “reprehensible.”
Here is the message that Board President Anne Miller sent this afternoon (Oct. 18) to all D300 staff members and parents about the October 24 trip:
“This is District 300 School Board President Anne Miller calling to alert you to a very important day in the history of our community.
“This Monday, October 24th, will be a day that defines our community for the next 15 years.
“This Monday, ALL District 300 families, students, faculty, staff, and community members of ALL ages are STRONGLY encouraged to caravan down to the State Capitol Building in Springfield.”Together, we will lobby the State Senate against Amendment 3 of Senate Bill 540, commonly known as the Sears EDA.
“The district will email information to all of you today regarding the schedule for Monday and how to join the caravan by car, bus, train, or plane.
“However you decide to get there, please GET THERE. We have cancelled our School Board meeting for October 24th because of the extreme importance of this urgent situation. This is literally our LAST CHANCE before the Senate makes its final decision.
“We must turn out in large numbers in Springfield to show the state leaders and the news media exactly WHO will be hurt by this legislation.
“OUR community will be hurt!
“We will be hurt for the next 15 years!
“We will lose $200 million.
“We will lose district jobs.
“We will lose district programs. District 300 needs to be made part of the solution.
“Don’t miss your chance to be a part of history.
“Bring your family and friends to the State Capitol this Monday, October 24.
“We WILL be heard.”