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Pension Issues

"When the truth is found to be lies....when the joy in you dies."

Baby boomers might recognize that as the first line of a hit song by Jefferson Airplane in 1967.

Modern day observers might equate those same lyrics to the latest approach by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his  comments this week that relative to pension system contributions, the quote free lunch for downstate and suburban schools should be ended. Madigan also said that those schools don’t pay anything for retirement costs and he also deftly tried to shift the blame on to those schools as the reason for the shortfall in the state’s underfunded pension system.

Two local school superintendents are not in lock step with the Speaker’s point of view.

Wethersfield Unit School District #230 Superintendent of Schools Mr. Shane Kazubowski says there is a bit of truth to the Speakers comments, but not an overwhelming amount…

Mr. Shane Kazubowski 

Mr. Kazubowski adds that those funding levels for downstate schools  has not been realized in recent years…

Superintendent Kazubowski 

Kewanee Unit School District #229 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Sullens says that teachers and school districts have made their contributions all along, but the same cannot be said from the state…

Dr. Chris Sullens 

Dr. Sullens adds that the bottom line is that funding for students in Chicago far outpaces that of downstate and suburban school districts…

Dr. Sullens 

 

 

 

  

    

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