Susan Handelsman Shares Answers to Woodstock Teachers’ Union Questions

In the comment section under the article about the Woodstock Council of Teachers’  candidates’ night tonight at 6 PM at the Woodstock High School auditorium candidate Susan Handelsman provides the IFT local’s questions and her answers. They are reprinted below: … Continue reading

6 PM District 200 Candidates’ Forum at Woodstock High School (Not North High School)

Woodstock Council of Teachers, McHenry County Federation of Teachers, will hold a candidates’ night for those running for the District 200 School Board Wednesday night at 6 PM. The event will be held at the Woodstock High School Auditorium. Officers … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 33

Since moving to Illinois in 1958, I’ve been following Chicago schools. The first reason was because Benjamin Willis, my mother’s Queen Anne’s County School Superintendent, was then in charge of the Chicago Schools. Those were the days when trailers were … Continue reading

IFT Settles with Rauner

A press release from Governor Bruce Raunder: Illinois Federation of Teachers Ratifies Four-Year Collective Bargaining Agreement with Rauner Administration SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner issued a statement today following the Illinois Federation of Teachers ratification of four-year collective bargaining agreement: … Continue reading

Tribune Gets It

I have written periodically of how teacher unions during the 1990’s encouraged legislative leaders to take money governors earmarked for pension payments and put it into current teacher salaries through the State Aid to Education program. Articles on this subject … Continue reading

The Teachers’ Union Role in the Pension Shortfall

You will perhaps remember my writing that when a Governor presents his education budget it comes in three parts: higher education k-12 pensions In the 1990’s (at least) the IFT (Illinois Federation  of Teachers) and IEA (Illinois Education Association) lobbyists … Continue reading

Tribune Pins Tail on Teacher Unions

Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune editorial was about the teacher pension problem. Too many claims on too few dollars. As regular readers know, teacher union lobbyists regularly urged legislators to skip making payments for pensions in order to increase State Aid … Continue reading

Franks May Get Second Chance to Help Poor Inner City Kids Get a Decent Education

Back in 2010, Democratic Party State Representative Jack Franks had a chance to help poor inner city kids get a decent education. See Jack Franks’ Liberal Politics Hurt the Most Needy and Disadvantaged Kids while Voting Against Saving Hundreds of … Continue reading

Teacher Union President Starts New Round of Big Lie on Educational Funding

Dan Montgomery, President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, has brought out the hoary bromide that Illinois school districts are among “the worst funded in the nation.” That is factually incorrect. This myth is built upon the fact that Illinois … Continue reading

Unions Complicity in Pension Problems

Frequent McHenry County visitor Allen Skillikorn, an East Dundee Village Trustee, has submitted the following piece on our state’s pension problem: Who’s Really To Blame For Illinois’ Pension Mess? By Allen Skillicorn Let’s go back to May 2005. Rod Blagojevich … Continue reading

Two Crystal Lake Teachers’ Unions Fund McHenry Democratic Party County Board Candidate

When I reported on Arne Waltmire’s candidacy for the McHenry County Board from District 4 (McHenry, Richmond and Spring Grove), I told of his running seventh out of nine for the McHenry County College Board in 2013. Having taken a … Continue reading

The Role of Teacher Union Lobbyists in the Pension Debacle

The Southtown has a Phil Kadner column about the negative effects (more later than soon) of shifting the burden of paying teacher pensions from State government to local school districts. He missed one aspect that some may find significant.  I … 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

Jack Franks and the Illinois Federation of Teachers – Follow the Money

Regular readers may remember my extreme disappointment with liberal Democrat Jack Franks’ vote to sentence poorly-educated Chicago children to more of the same. Chicago Pastor and State Senator James Meeks got a bill through the State Senate that would have … Continue reading

Have the Illinois Teachers Federation Lobbyists No Morals? Plus the House Roll Call

It wasn’t the lead story on the front page of Sunday’s Chicago Tribune, but it certainly could have been. Two teacher union lobbyists stand to get pensions larger than teachers–as a retired teacher pointed out to me as I was … Continue reading

Math-Impaired Teachers Union Supports 75% Income Tax Hike

Here’s the email from the Illinois Federation of Teachers.  Note the false characterization of  the proposed income tax hike as “approximately 2 percent.” Tell Your Lawmakers to Support Revenue for Education and State Services Support Revenue for Education and Public … Continue reading