Former high-level aides to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has revealed that Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) told the then governor he was right for signing HB 40 in September 2017, the law requiring Medicaid funding of abortions. At a separate meeting, Brady also recommended that the governor sign gun control bills should they reach his desk.
Susan Buchanan’s shouting down her white male colleagues on the Oak Park board during a discussion about amending the village’s diversity statement fits with her radical past but is at odds with her own upbringing of white privilege.
After a week’s delay, the Town of Cicero told West Cook News that it has 476 pages of records of payments and other records of work that state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) has done for the community. But Cicero’s Freedom of Information (FOIA) Officer said that “certain responsive records were withheld in their entirety and certain language was redacted as it is privileged information pertaining to attorney client communications.”
A plan by Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF) to detrack its freshman class in the hopes of narrowing gaps in test scores between white, black and brown students is eliciting warnings from some, who cite flat, or even negative results, in other schools that have done the same.
Municipalities in the legislative district represented by state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) have paid him on the side for translation and public relations works, but trying to get them to release details of just what he did for them and how much he was paid has been futile.
A contractor who works with many of the municipalities in Martin Sandoval’s (D-Chicago) state senate district predicts that additional raids by federal agents are in the offing after Friday’s raids on the suburban villages of Lyons, McCook and Summit.
House Speaker Michael Madigan used his absolute power over the legislative process to move legislation to the floor on Friday that exchanges Illinois’ constitutionally mandated flat income tax with a progressive tax.
Steve Lefko, candidate for the River Forest D90 school board, says that he respects the all-inclusive sentiment behind the “Investigations” math instituted last year in the district, but as a scientist he wants to see evidence that it works.
Public school boards are elected to negotiate on behalf of local taxpayers with public employee unions. Teacher's unions in Oak Park and River Forest will have representatives on both sides of the table if Ralph Martire is elected April 2 to the OPRF High School District 200 board.
The recent news that some of the state’s wealthier school districts are eligible for property tax relief reveals not just the flaws in the General Assembly’s 2017 evidence-based funding formula that initiated the relief program, but the entire K-12 funding system itself, says former State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton).
Maywood elementary teacher Gina Harris is a hopeful player in what education and taxpayer policy experts say is an alarming trend of union members and sympathizers sitting on both sides of the table in teacher contract negotiations.
The leader of the opposition to Hinsdale 86’s proposed $166 million referendum that the voters rejected in November says the Board of Education has resorted to scare tactics to keep hopes of a referendum alive.
Burr Ridge Mayor Michael “Mickey” Straub said that his effort to defeat Hinsdale D86’s $166 million referendum had nothing to do with his Nov. 12 announcement that he was stepping down from office. A Nov. 14 Chicago Tribune article cited Straub’s being “under fire from supporters” of the referendum as at least a partial factor in his resignation with two and a half years still left in his term.