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 look at the Illinois State Board of Elections, it appears he spend $20,361 on his campaign.
Virtually all of the regional Illinois Education Association union official’s money came from teachers’ and school support unions. He teaches “Industrial Technology” at Crystal Lake South High School.
Now the two teachers’ union locals in Crystal Lake have contributed $4,000 to Waltmire’s campaign for the McHenry County Board, where he is the only Democrat on the ballot.
- $1,500 – Crystal Lake Elementary Teachers Association (CLETA). The PAC’s address is the same as West Elementary School.
- $2,500 – School Dist. No 155 Education Assoc IPACE Fund 1200 South McHenry. The address is the same as South High School.
Waltmire started out with $2,463.86 in his campaign fund. $1,800 came from a loan from himself.
Waltmire is running against incumbent John Hammerand and newcomer Chuck Wheeler.
In his junior college campaign, he received contributions from
- McHenry Classroom Teachers Association – $1,376. The address is Parkland Jr. High School.
- McHenry County Federation of Teachers – Local 1642 – $250. The address is for the local’s Woodstock office.
- Cary Education Association PAC – $250
- Community High Education Support Staff (CHESS) – $400. The address is Prairie Grove High School.
- Crystal Lake Elementary Teachers Association (CLETA) – PAC – $1,500. The address is West Elementary School.
- Glenbard Education Assoication PAC – $500. The address is the regional Illinois Education Association office.
- Illinois Political Action Committee For Education (IPACE), Springfield – $7,000.
- Johnsburg Teacher Organization – IPACE. The address is Johnsburg Jr. High School.
- McHenry County College Adjuct Faculty Association – $185. The address used is McHenry County College.
- School Dist. No 155 Education Assoc. IPACE Fund – $5,646. The address is South High School.
Public sector unions in Illinois are used to collect dues (funded by the taxpayer) from the employees.
Those dues along with other taxpayer dollars contributed to unions pacs by the employees are used primarily to fund political campaigns.
Those political campaigns are directed at the election of people who will support public sector unions.
The unions will likely pour more money into the County Board campaigns campaigns to further strengthen public sector union support.
Work for candidates for office who will work to remove or at least rein in the power of public sector unions.
Ask yourself: Why are my property taxes going up to pay for union funded election campaigns?
It sure is not “for the children”.
Illinois has the third highest unemployment in the country, but Arne thinks ‘Education’ is the cure all.
So Arne, that 70% of my nation leading tax bill, already goes to ‘Education’ in Illinois. What exactly are you saying with your campaign drivel?
You need more money?
You know how to spend it better or something?
Why does he even need a campaign funded by unions?
According to the state records he made over $120,000 in yr 2012!
Which is kind of ironic that he only made just over $100,000 in 2009.
A 20% increase in 3 yrs.
I don’t know if he is retired now but if he is making over $80,000 in retirement pension!
Wonder what he would like to do with the salaries at the County level?
Here is the website you can go to find out all teachers salaries in Illinois up to 2012.
Just type in the district and you can see all of what people make in your district!
I saw him at the forum when he was running for MCC Trustee.
He lacks charisma and isn’t very well rounded on any topics other than education.
I gave him a chance, but I was unimpressed.
For one thing, seeing that he is a democrat make sure he is not elected and for another thing, if the teachers and unions are backing him make sure he is not elected.
As Captain Renault said in “Casablanca”, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”