By: Diane Benjamin
Below is what was put in staff mailboxes at Colleen Hoose and possibly other Unit 5 schools. It does not have a name other than the Vote Yes symbol used by the Political Action Committee who is trying again to raise your property taxes after failing in November.
This is obviously a flagrant violation of law by campaigning on public property. It even mentions which candidates the union is supporting. I FOIA’d the video of the mailboxes, it took 2 days to get a response that video doesn’t exist. Supposedly the Normal police are investigating. Do laws matter in Illinois? We will find out.
If you vote YES and hand over more money to Unit 5 there is no assurance proposed cuts will be restored. The union will be wanting a large piece of it though since their contract expires this year.
Keep in mind: You will be handing money to the same people who were incapable of balancing the budget for many years while educating 1000 less children. There is no proof property taxes will go down when the bonds are paid off. Government always invents ways to prevent that, like another building program requiring new bonds.
Unit 5 does not need the money right now. There is no reason to vote YES when a new school Board can be elected in April. They know some future revenue is being ignored to scare a Yes vote.
The four candidates running together (Wurth, Franks, Jada, and Emory) have pledged to not cut student programs. The other 4 will.
Early voting starts today. Check your ballot before voting please. There are races I haven’t gotten to yet. Anyone on the Heartland Board now should not be re-elected because they are pricing people out of a community college education. $182 a credit hour? Ridiculous.
I realize they are a little fuzzy, I don’t have originals.