Replay: School Consolidation Would Cost Taxpayers Plenty Copy

In the “Here we go again” category is consolidation of schools. Just as with township consolidation, I ask, “Where’s the beef?” Show me the money that school consolidation would bring. Don’t just assert that consolidation of school will save money. … Continue reading

Two More of the Madigan Coalition Kick in $20,000 More to Kill Steve Reick Candidacy

Here’s another reason to attend the McHenry Township Republican Meet & Greet and Candidates’ Forum at the Johnsburg Community Club right across from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Sunday afternoon from 3-6. The cost for the corned beef and cabbage … Continue reading

Serwatka Lays Out Reasons for Withdrawing, Supporting Skillicorn

An email from Lakewood Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn: For those following the race for our next State Representative – yesterday, I made a very difficult decision to step out of this race, but, ultimately, I believe it was the right … Continue reading

TV Ad Slams Carolyn Schofield

The following television ad financed by Dan Proft’s Liberty Principles Political Action Committee played on Channel 7 three times from 5 to 7 on Monday night. Twice during local news and once during Wheel of Fortune. That’s what a $63,070 buy … Continue reading

Did Serwatka Taxpayer PAC Contribution Pledge Lead to Teacher Union Mega-Contribution to Schofield?

I awoke yesterday morning with the thought that a campaign promise by 66th District Republican Primary Election candidate Paul Serwatka may have stimulated the biggest teachers union in the state to give 66th District opponent Carolyn Schofield $53,900. Serwatka’s press … 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

Rosemary Kurtz Keeps Campaign Promise to Be Fiscal Conservative

I noticed that the Northwest Herald did not report the vote on the three-years of 4% raises passed by the Crystal Lake High School Board on Tuesday night. The vote was 6-1. Newly-elected Rosemary Kurtz was the only one to … Continue reading

Figures on D155’s 4% Annual Teacher Salary Increases

After I received the press release (15 comments so far) about the contents of the contract from Crystal Lake District 155 last night, I submitted some questions. Those questions and the answers supplied are below: What will the starting salary be … Continue reading

McHenry High School Teacher Negotiations after Board Meeting

After at least an hour and a half of public comment and fifteen minutes of power point information from the school board’s side, the McHenry High School Board and its teacher union went back into negotiations behind closed doors. According … Continue reading

McHenry High School Teachers’ Salaries on Internet

McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser has now published two articles about the McHenry High School teachers strike. The first one is here. The second one lists “School District 156’s Underpaid Teachers,” as the title of the article puts it. … Continue reading

Teachers Union Wanted It Both Ways

Crain’s Chicago Business has a really good article by Dave McKinney about how Illinois got into the pension mess that now exits. I found this particularly insightful: Education Association President Cinda Klickna was not in union leadership in 2005. But she … 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

Teachers’ Union Elects Two of Three to Crystal Lake High School Board

Teachers at Crystal Lake High School District had three candidates they wanted to elect. They were Amy Blazier Brian Pelz Adam Guss They succeed in placing two out of three on the District 155 Board, plus one they most wanted … Continue reading

CL Teachers’ Favorites

The following comment left by “Nobody” is not completely accurate.  I have indicated where mistakes occur: The comment did, however, inspire me to take a look at the candidates that Crystal Lake Grade School District 47’s and Crystal Lake High … Continue reading

Replay: School Consolidation Would Cost Taxpayers Plenty

With the Chicago Tribune pumping for school consolidation in its editorial on education, I thought it was time to re-run the article I wrote almost four years ago when Governor Pat Quinn advanced the idea. The numbers will have changed … 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

MCC Contract Salary Information

Below I have tried to extract the most relevant parts concerning compensation in the McHenry County College faculty union contract: The Board of Trustees meets at 6:30 Thursday night at the Crystal Lake campus. … Continue reading

MCC Contract Finally Posted

The heat must have gotten too hot the secrecy squad in Vicky Smith’s McHenry County College kitchen, because the faculty union contract has finally been posted in the board packet. You can find it starting on page 148. That’s a … Continue reading