By: Diane Benjamin
3 HUGE issues you need to consider before you vote:
(other issues later)
The SAFE-T act is a pro-criminal bill passed by Illinois Democrats and signed by Gov. Pritzker. It will increase crime across Illinois. Any candidates that don’t REJECT this bill don’t need your vote.
A DEMOCRAT State’s Attorney has filed a lawsuit calling it unconstitutional: https://hb3653.com/
Amendment 1 hands power to government unions and will increase your property taxes. The needed Constitutional Amendment is reform to pensions, that isn’t on the ballot. Pensions will consume 25% of the State budget for decades which means less money for schools: https://wirepoints.org/144-billion-and-counting-new-report-shows-illinois-pension-debts-up-again-wirepoints/
Illinois refuses to fix what they broke. Handing more power to unions isn’t Worker’s Rights! VOTE NO.
Unit 5 tax increase:
The Pantagraph reported a group has been formed to get the Unit 5 property tax increase passed: https://pantagraph.com/news/local/education/unit-5-referendum-supporters-launch-committee/article_ac50709e-3dae-11ed-a4a9-b396e863cc81.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share
This excerpt says all you need to know:
The General Manager of WGLT is the main advocate for raising your property taxes! He is joined by the COO of the YMCA, a Farnworth Executive, a State Farm employee, two union guys, and an ISU employee.
Meanwhile Unit 5 hasn’t explained why salaries increased more than 7% in 2020 while students decreased: https://blnnews.com/2022/04/01/unit-5-did-esser-funds-inflate-salaries/
Unit 5 hired 47 “trainers” under the direction of DEI Director Dr. Shelvin. We don’t know what these “trainers” did because Unit 5 claims they didn’t keep the Zoom training session(s). https://blnnews.com/2022/03/11/unit-5-dr-shelvin-and-the-cost-of-equity/
We don’t know what Dr. Shelvin does either except make $98,000 last school year. (See above story)
Dr. Shelvin cackled in this video about what Unit 5 lets her do other districts don’t: https://blnnews.com/2022/06/16/unit-5-is-woke-wake-up-parents/
Unit 5 adopted the vulgar Comprehensive Federal Sexual Education standards for 8th and 9th grades. Most Illinois School Districts opted out of teaching the standards. https://blnnews.com/2022/04/27/the-effects-of-sb-818-sexualizing-your-kids/
If the referendum fails:
I predict Unit 5 will say they are forced to make draconian cuts to scare parents. Next April they will put a modified referendum on the ballot when few people vote. Stay tuned. I wonder how many Unit 5 employees live or don’t live in the District?
Voters deserve answers, you aren’t getting them. Property taxes are already ridiculous!