Pat Quinn Tells Truth about Pension Underfunding, But Not Whole Truth

Neil Steinberg adds to the pressure to address the public pension mess Monday morning in a column featuring an interview with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. There is one part that I found interesting, accurate as far as it goes, but … Continue reading

Public Employee Unions’ Response to Quinn’s Pension Proposal

And here’s the public unions’ response: We Are One Illinois statement on Quinn news conference Responding to Gov. Pat Quinn’s news conference on pensions held Friday, April 20, Illinois AFL-CIO president Michael Carrigan issued this statement for the We Are … Continue reading

Might Mike Skala Run for State Representative?

Huntley School Board President certainly has an interest in the legislative process. Just look at the agenda for the District 158 Committee of the Whole meeting coming up June 9th: Skala is the Chairman of the Legislative Committee and giving … Continue reading

Teacher Pension Mess Brought About by Teacher Union Requests for Current Salaries Out of Money Earmarked by Pensions

We are in this mess because over the years Governors have proposed X amount of dollars for education.   Usually a couple of hundred million dollars. When the discussions of how to cut up that amount took place, current salaries … Continue reading

The Grayslake School Board Incumbents’ Campaign (Email) Trail – Part 2

I became interested in a series of emails from and to incumbent candidates running for re-election on the Grayslake Unit School District 46 Board. They are of interest, first, because they were sent on two school district email accounts and, … Continue reading

Citizens Ask District 155 to Reveal Teacher Contract Information

Chris Williams of  Grafton-Algonquin-Nunda-Dorr Community Advocates shares a request that Crystal Lake High School District 155 make public details of the most expensive part of the school budget–teacher salaries. It comes on the rejection of the following Freedom of Information … Continue reading

When a Teacher “Salary Freeze” Isn’t

While I was doing the story on how the Rockford Register-Star is trying to hold onto circulation, I found a story on the Rockford school district that had an interesting paragraph. Here it is: Union contract talks In March, the … Continue reading

Scott Walker Supporters Air Ad Telling What Teachers’ Union Is About

The National Education Association is a pillar of the Democratic Party. But, most people don’t know what’s in the semi-public statement by former General Counsel Bob Chanin above. It’s now being aired on Wisconsin television stations by The Economic Freedom … Continue reading