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Dems Have Been Using The Same Line Since 1979. How's It Working Out?

Governor Rauner has used his amendatory veto on Democrats' School Funding Bill. They say that Rauner and Republicans are hostile to Chicago schoolchildren. Has Democrat rhetoric on school-funding changed at all in the past 40 years? What's next for school funding legislation? If there is no possibility of a deal, is Speaker Madigan's next play to woo 4 Republicans to override the governor's veto? Illinois State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) joins Dan and Shaun Thompson to discuss. 

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Heart Of The Matter: It's For The Kids

In Upstream Ideas' 'Heart of the Matter,' Jodi Carroll, a wife and mother of three, discusses the direct impact local government policies and actions have on our families and everyday lives. In this episode, how do school referendums and other property tax increases hurt families and cause home values to decline?

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A Manufactured Crisis?

CPS is threatening to close schools early because they've run out of money, despite the fact that the district spends 20% more per pupil than the state average. They've filed a lawsuit to get the money they say they need. Can Chicago taxpayers Follow the Logic?

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Dollars And Sense: School Bd. Demands A Yes Vote

If you are a Glen Ellyn resident, you know your school board is demanding a ‘Yes’ Vote on a $24 million referendum. You may not know that since the last major referendum in Glen Ellyn, enrollment growth has slowed and even fallen. Yet, local property tax spending has increased by 253%. Pat Hughes explains in this edition of "Dollars And Sense."

This is Pat Hughes with this week’s Upstream Ideas ‘Dollars and Sense.’

If you are a Glen Ellyn resident, you know your school board is demanding a ‘Yes’ Vote on a twenty-four million dollar referendum.  

You may not know that since the last major referendum in Glen Ellyn, enrollment growth has slowed and even fallen. Yet, local property tax spending has increased by two-hundred and fifty-three percent.

As your property taxes are pressured higher and higher, your property values drop lower and lower.

In fact, over the past decade, property values in Glen Ellyn have dropped nineteen percent.

If this continues, by twenty-twenty-three, you will pay fifty percent of your home’s value in property taxes.  

The school board’s demands and manipulative “Forward for Kids” campaign are shameless.  If anything, a twenty-four million dollar tax increase leads us “Backward” and “Downward.” Big-spending Illinois politicians like those on the District Forty-One School Board have made it hard enough for families in DuPage.

They continue to raise your taxes with no regard for you or the life you are trying to build. Their campaign and their demands are outrageous and out of touch. Vote against them.

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The Fight Against Predatory School Boards

Across the state from DuPage County to the Metro East Region, local school boards are after more and more of your hard-earned money. And they think their con is bulletproof: “It’s for the children.” Who can argue with that? Pat Hughes does in this "Two Minute Warning."

This is Pat Hughes with this week’s Upstream Ideas ‘Two Minute Warning.’

Look, I get it standing up to a school board is tough. After all, they claim they’re doing everything “for the children.” Opposing school funding increases means you’re not going to be too popular. You lose friends. Miss out on parties. You get looks of distain in the car line. Standing up to a school board takes guts.

But that’s exactly what we need right now.

Across the state from DuPage to Metro East, local boards are after more and more of your hard-earned money. And they think their con is bulletproof: “It’s for the children.”

Who can argue with that?

I can. And so should you.

School boards who want to increase your taxes are not brave. They are not magnanimous. They are not doing this for children. They are raising your taxes. They are decimating your home’s value. They are wiping out your greatest investment. All so they can continue their spending.

Just look at Edwardsville. Local property tax spending grew thirty-five percent in ten years, while district enrollment grew just seven percent.

The district is ranked among the most debt-ridden school districts in Illinois.

That debt has taken a toll on home values.

But will they stop? No.

The district is asking taxpayers for another six point nine million dollars and threaten to cut sports, band, and more if voters don’t agree to hike taxes.

But is it really “for the children” when – despite constant and generous spending increases – two-thirds of fourth graders in the state don’t read or perform math at grade level? The truth is K-twelve systems have become third-party administrators to bestow salaries and benefits on adults in the system … namely teachers and administrators. 

In the fight against predatory school boards, you are your community’s greatest asset. You are a change agent.

Be relentless. And be prepared. Those who benefit from this failed system are just waiting for us to get tired and get out of their way. You’ve been warned.

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Dollars And Sense: For Our Students?

You already pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation even while your property values drop lower and lower. Yet, school districts across the state are demanding more of your money, claiming it is "For Our Students." Pat Hughes explains in this edition of "Dollars And Sense".

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Latest Regional Analysis Of IL Property Taxes: McHenry County

Dan & Amy look at McHenry County in the latest exclusive regional analysis of property taxes produced by Proft's Local Government Information Services as reported in community newspapers throughout Illinois. Read the full analysis here.

In McHenry County, teacher pay spikes while home values plummet

When she paid $233,000 for a blue-grey four-bedroom with red shutters at 640 Krenz Ave. on the south side of Cary, Victoria Green didn’t know someone else had been secretly borrowing against her house.

Not officially. But literally.

It was Nov. 2004. Cary School District 26, which includes the 600 block of Krenz Ave., was in a predicament.

It had just agreed to give its teachers, already the highest-paid in McHenry County, a massive pay increase. But it didn’t have the money. It was running out of cash.

Something had to give.

Read the full analysis in the McHenry Times

Previous regional reports can be viewed here:

North Shore

Lake County

DuPage County

South Suburban Cook
 

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And The Children Shall Lead Us

Dan & Amy discussed school spending, increasing property taxes, and local government elections with Jake Leahy, an 18-year-old running for school board in Bannockburn. Jake argued that we need a new generation of leadership to have a say in the future, rather than leaving it to the same old voices in Springfield.

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