IEA Spokesman Too Young To Know His Union’s Role in the Pension Crisis

I went to the Illinois Policy Institute’s Pension.  Got there a little late and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was over an hour after it started. Representing the Illinois Education Association was Crystal Lake High School teacher Mike … Continue reading

Teachers’ Pensions on Table at MCC Tuesday Night

A press release from the Illinois Policy Institute: Illinois Policy Institute to host debate on teacher pension reform Debate 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at McHenry County College in northwest suburban Crystal Lake CHICAGO (Aug. 13, 2012) – On Tuesday, … Continue reading

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