District 300 Picket Sign Suggestions

A comment from a previous article included these emailed suggestions for picket signs: Hi all: Make signs at warming center on your breaks1. Students First, NOT ADM 2. $ 6 million WASTED on ADM per year 3. Teacher concessions $3.4 … Continue reading

District 300 Issues Summary of School Strike from Its Point of View

And, here it is: “The District 300 Board of Education and LEAD 300 negotiation teams met from 8 a.m. to approximately 4:45 p.m. today (Monday, Dec. 3), with the assistance of a federal mediator, to discuss outstanding contractual issues. The … Continue reading

District 300 Makes Final Offer

Here’s the first twelve pages of the District 300 School Board’s Final Office to it teachers union, called LEAD300.   If you want to read the whole 69-page document, here it is: Introduction and Summary of Final Offer The Board … Continue reading

District 300 Offer to Teachers That Was Rejected by Their Union

Here’s what’s on the District 300 web site: This synopsis is not inclusive of the full Board proposal, but attempts to highlight the major issues discussed during negotiations and recent mediation sessions. Elementary Class Size Proposal: The Board agrees with … Continue reading

BGA Rolls Out State and Local Government Pension Data Base, Downstate Police & Fire Missing

An email arrived from the Better Government Association’s Andy Shaw. It announces the unveiling of its data base of state and local governmental pensions. “We’ve updated the BGA Payroll Database of 500,000 government workers with 2012 numbers and, for the first time, … Continue reading

Beaubien Abortion and McSweeney Property Tax Pieces Arrive Friday

The pro-abortion Personal PAC launched its second mailing on behalf of Dee Baubien (Ind.-Madigan) in her race against Republican David McSweeney. It arrived on the last workday of the third week of October. It features former George Ryan Lt. Gov. … Continue reading

Teacher Pension Tax Shift – State Reps. Oppose, District 47 Board President Jeff Mason Seems Resigned to Extra Local Burden

At last night Illinois Policy Institute forum on teacher pensions, one question from Northwest Herald News Editor Kevin Lyons had to do with House Minority Leader Tom Cross’ having characterized a shift in tax burden from the state taxpayer to … Continue reading

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