Taxpayers Deserve Support in RVC Faculty Strike

Rockford has one of the highest property taxes in the nation.  The state of Illinois has a growing budget deficit making college funding appropriations unknown. In addition, the Rockford area has lost population, and enrollment at Rock Valley College (RVC) has dropped. Nine month RVC faculty members earn a base salary on average of $66,000 (which does not include extra duty pay or summer pay) and have a generous Cadillac health insurance plan. They now want more, a lot more at taxpayer expense. RVC Faculty Union recently turned down a Federal...

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Fair Share – Property Taxes Funding Education

In the mix of dealing with the State’s broken pension system, unfunded liabilities, and unpaid bills there is another matter that should be at the forefront of conversations – education. Funding for education has grown rapidly over the years.  Taxpayers are feeling the hit.  The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 2012 Annual Report indicates that since fiscal year 1993, state, local and federal spending (adjusted for inflation) has grown more than 73 percent.  Illinois taxpayers do not need graphs, in-depth research or reports to...

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Illinois Charter School Commission

Charter schools allow parents to be able to choose an appropriate educational setting for their children by judging the merit of the educational institution, classroom setting, and academic performance. The existence of charter schools allows parents to choose a path for their child.  They are very popular in Illinois and around the country because they offer opportunity. Charter school enrollment rates are increasing at an astronomical rate because parents are becoming actively involved in their child’s academic performance.  Parents are...

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Revenge Porn Laws

In our ever changing world lawmakers are playing a game of “catch-up” that every day just to keep pace with the fast moving worlds of technology and social media. One issue making headlines is a recent cyber trend called “revenge porn”.  This term refers to the malicious posting of private sexual messages, images or videos on a website.  Currently, New Jersey and California are the only states that have laws punishing the act.  As it goes with most new legislation, those States who are the first to pass new laws become a type of “road map” to...

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Illinois Great Recession

Recently, the Illinois House of Representatives Finance Committee has heard testimony from several agencies regarding the fiscal health of the state as well as economic development results. Due to Illinois poor business investment and economic climate, it is a top priority to figure out exactly what makes other states more competitive and attractive. A recent report was released by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) claiming that Illinois created, 64,300 jobs from May 2013 to December 2013. Illinois was ranked...

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