Political/Government Corruption

The Big Lie in Education Funding

By Bill Zettler

By Bill Zettler The ‘big lie’ in education funding In Illinois — the biggest “big lie” is the claim that public school  funding is inadequate. The real problem in Illinois is not school funding; it…

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Top 100 Illinois state pensions

By Bill Zettler

By Bill Zettler Illinois Top 100 Pension Payouts 2003-2004 Fiscal Year 24 Illinois Public Employees Have Pensions Greater than a former President of the United States! Monthly: Annual:  Pension Plan: 26,179   314,148   State Universities Retirement…

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D300 program cuts v. pension boosts

By Bill Zettler

By Bill Zettler The District 300 Teachers Contract contains the following paragraph on page 44: B. REGULAR RETIREMENT. 1. Members of the bargaining unit who have served a minimum of 12 years in the…

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Big Ire may be on the way

By Bill Zettler

By Bill Zettler I make this statement after reading a Jan 25th Daily Herald article about McHenry School District 15’s proposed referendum headlined “Tax Increase Plan Draws Little Ire”. I’m thinking “Big Ire” will…

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The meaning of the word education

By Bill Zettler

Bill Clinton once told us it depended upon what the meaning of “is” is. For Illinois citizens it depends upon what the meaning of “education” is. Let us see if we know what the…

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It’s time for ‘Taxpayers Week’

By Bill Zettler

After reading various news reports recently promoting “Education Week” I decided it would only be fair that I represent the taxpayer for “Taxpayer Week” where we taxpayers would solicit praise from various public employee…

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Myth about teachers’ salaries continues

By Bill Zettler

  Tom Trousdale from Leyden High School District 212 recently wrote a letter lamenting, once again, the state of the poor, underpaid, underpensioned Illinois schoolteacher. This is another example of teacher union mythology that,…

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Introducing the Golden Handcuff Award

By Bill Zettler

By Bill Zettler Since teachers have the Golden Apple Award I thought it only appropriate to have a similar award for politicians called the “Golden Handcuff Award.”  Whereas the Golden Apple recognizes the highest…

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John Kass v. the rest of the Illinois media

By John Biver

We note that a few recent John Kass columns have included references to the Republican nominee for governor of Illinois. On September 20th he had this to say in answer to a letter writer: “Judy won…

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Illinois Descending: Life imitating art

By John Biver

Much of the 2006 race for governor in Illinois is surreal. We’d hoped things would never get this bad. As of now the general election looks more like a Democrat Party primary. The best…

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