School Choice Finally on the Agenda in Illinois

-By Warner Todd Huston

The move for school choice is not only growing in Illinois in general but in Chicago in particular as politicians and parents both see the downward spiral of the public education system picking up speed.

With the costs of public education soaring but neither the rates of graduation nor proficiency growing accordingly, parents are desperate to find a way for their children to gain a better education.

The state is pumping millions upon millions into the bottomless pit of education and taxes are edging higher every year to support the spending habit. As an example, Illinois school district U46 (west of Chicago in the Elgin area) has $600 million in bond debt and this is just one of the nearly 700 school districts in Illinois.

So, as the system founders, many experiments have blossomed. We all know that charter schools have grown rapidly in the Chicago area, but there are other schools such as Leo Catholic High School in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood that are serving as perfect examples of school choice. Leo is a prime example of a private high school that is a wildly successful example of education at its finest.

The school is not supported financially by the city’s Catholic system but has since 1926 served students as an independent high school operating in what is now one of the city’s most depressed neighborhoods. The school started back when Auburn Gresham was a heavily Irish-Catholic part of the city but now serves an entirely African American student body.

The school has been such a success that for the last six years 100% of its students have been accepted into a college or university and 96 percent have gone on to pursue higher education.

This great school doesn’t just serve the local area but draws students from 26 area codes teaching kids that “Deeds Not Words” is the way to success.

Leo is a great example of school choice, but not the only one helping Illinois students to a better education.

Of course, charter schools have brought heated debate all across the city as entrenched union operatives oppose them while students and parents scramble to apply and be accepted to the charter school of their choice.

Teachers unions hate these school choice efforts because unions aren’t interested in education. After all, no matter what the field, a union’s job isn’t to advocate for a better product. A union’s only goal is to “get” more for the workers they represent. In education, that means that the union is only interested in raiding the public treasury, engorging teacher salaries and pension benefits, and making it nearly impossible to fire failing teachers all quite despite what it might do to the “product” of educating our kids. The simple fact is, unions care about union rules, not kids. This is one of the reasons that even Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt was against public employee unions and why such organizations weren’t even legal until 1959.

Still, charter schools and private schools aren’t the only efforts floating around out there and these efforts are not only supported by conservatives and Republicans. In fact, a bipartisan group called “Illinois Kids Campaign” has several new education bills that they hope to introduce in the coming weeks all aimed at a bipartisan solution to Illinois’ failing education system.

With the theme of “every child deserves a quality education,” the Illinois Kids Campaign is floating the idea of giving tax credits to parents to help them find better schools as well as helping teachers with a tax credit to help them pay for supplies for their classes.

The group’s four basic goals are as follows:

  • A tax credit to reimburse teachers for their out-of-pocket classroom expenses.
  • In tough budgetary times, music, arts, and sports programs are the first to be cut. Provide funding to ensure these critical programs continue.
  • Increase donations across the state to nonprofit scholarship organizations to provide scholarships to students to attend K through 12th grade, public and private schools.
  • Funding to help schools ensure that students are safe and can learn in well-maintained buildings.

Only just today the group put out a Tweet to urge lawmakers to action:

One somewhat controversial idea the coalition has is to attempt to get their policy ideas penciled into the state budget, but the group is also pursuing several stand alone bills to be introduced in the coming months.

Suffice to say that there are a lot of moves and counter moves in education in Illinois and now with a governor who has made school choice a major focus of both his personal life of activism as well as a campaign issue, the time seems just right for a push for school choice in the Land of Lincoln. It is a push that is long over due.

Some Other Great School Choice Stories From Around the Web:

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[VIDEO] Evan Sayet, a Comedian Who Proves that Conservatives Can Do Comedy

Comedian Evan Sayet is launching a nation-wide comedy tour with dates right here in Chicago. This great act is not to be missed, so get your tickets for Chicago’s June 3 show.

Sayet has been around for some time

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Sayet, he made a huge splash with a speech he gave to the Heritage foundation entitled “How Modern Liberals Think.” The video has garnered nearly 1 million views across the Internet and it turned Sayet into one of the most respected political comedians in the country.

Sayet is hilarious, yes. But, he wants people to understand that his new show is not just for laughs.

“This is more than just a night of ‘yuks,’ Sayet told MRCTV. Rather, it is an important conservative event with important and powerful conservative values espoused through wit and humor.”

Sayet is also well known for his Unified Field Theory on Liberalism…

Here is Sayet’s WEBSITE, and here is more info on the Phoenix, Chicago, Boston, and New York dates.

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Mike Flynn Announces Run for 18th Congressional District to Replace Aaron Schock

-By Warner Todd Huston

I have known Mike Flynn for several years, now, and work with him at Breitbart.com, now he has announced his run to replace the disgraced Aaron Schock in the Illinois 18th Congressional District.

According to The Hill, Flynn launched his campaign from his home town of Quincy, Illinois.

“The political party bosses in Washington and Springfield, and the special interests they represent, wanted a coronation for their hand-picked candidate,” Flynn said in a statement.

“Yet another go-along-to-get-along seat warmer who won’t challenge the status quo.”

“Central Illinois deserves a choice and as a lifelong conservative reformer, I plan to give them one.”

The conservative journalist will compete in a primary election on July 7. The special election will be held Sept. 10.

Flynn’s entrance into the race is a challenge to state Sen. Darin LaHood, the GOP’s favorite to replace Schock in the heavily Republican district. LaHood is the son of former Transportation Secretary and former Illinois Rep. Ray LaHood.

Flynn on Thursday vowed that other candidates for the district’s seat would have their ideas tested.

“The issues we face are far too serious to anoint another party soldier,” he said.

“I’m excited to use my deep knowledge of policy and the media to fight for conservative principles in Washington, not just occupy another seat,” Flynn said.

Flynn would be a great addition to the conservative caucus in D.C.

Check out Flynn’s website at Mike Flynn for Congress. His Facebook Page is Support Mike Flynn for Congress.

The establishment choice is, of course, Darin LaHood, son of the left-wing RINIO who was once Obama’s Secretary of Transportation.

LaHood the younger has a reputation as a fiscal conservative, but with his family pedigree and his past failed record as a prosecutor, I say he is a horrible candidate.

And we don’t need any more dynasties. It’s bad enough LaHood is in state government. He doesn’t need to be in Congress.

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An Outpouring of Generosity for Victims of Deadly Illinois Tornados

-By Warner Todd Huston

In the aftermath of last night’s deadly tornados that killed two as they ripped through northeastern Illinois, citizens are pouring aid in money, food, and water into the area to help those devastated by the onslaught.

Two elderly women Jacklyn Klosa, 69, and Geraldine Schultz, 67, were killed as the tornadoes ripped through Fairdale, Illinois 80 miles west of Chicago near the state’s third largest city, Rockford. The tornado featured winds at 200-milers-per-hour, was a half-mile wide and rated in at an EF4 on the strength scale.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner declared both Ogle and DeKalb counties as disaster areas and said that the state was “blessed” not to have more people killed.

The city of Fairdale was practically destroyed buty Rochelle was also hard hit.

The tornados hit late Thursday evening, but on the morning after the disaster thousands of Illinois residents got in their cars and made their way to the devastated area to help those in distress.

They brought food, water, blankets and their hard working two hands to help with the recovery.

But if you want to help, too, there is a place set up to take donations.

You can send checks made out to the Fairdale relief fund to:

Alpine Bank
PO Box 6086
Rockford Il
61125-1086

At this point it is probably a better idea to send money instead of trying to visit the area as the locals begin to recover.

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Conservative PAC Formed in IL-18 Special: ‘We Have Had Enough of The Political Ruling Class’

NORMAL, IL: Conservatives in Illinois’ 18th congressional district are fighting back the political establishment, and its candidate, Obama Secretary Ray LaHood’s son Darin, by promising to produce a conservative alternative for the GOP primary.

Schock, who resigned on Tuesday, will likely be replaced in congress by the Republican who wins the special election primary, tentatively set for June 8 2015.

“We’re forming an organization of donors, business leaders, and citizens that are concerned that our government is out of control,” said McLean County elected board member Mark Johnson. “Today we filed paperwork with the FEC and begin our fight.”

Johnson will lead The Grassroots Speak PAC, joined by Ken Wilber of Wilber and Associates PC, Chris Gramm of Stivers and Gramm LLC, and Ian Bayne, a talk show host on Bloomington’s Cities 92.9 FM talk station.

“We need a candidate who wants to take on Washington, not be Washington,” said Gramm, who has been active in Republican politics in Bloomington and will work closely with Wilber, who will serve as the informal finance director.

“We need fighters who represent us against the excess of government,” added Bayne. “Our freedom is shrinking, our wages are shrinking, our businesses are shrinking, and our government keeps getting bigger. We have had enough of the political ruling class.” Bayne, who has been hosting the morning program on Limbaugh affiliate Cities 92.9, is also a small business owner in real estate valuations.

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Candidates for Woman on the $20 Bill Features Man hater, Mass Murderer and Advocate for Genocide of Blacks

-By Warner Todd Huston

There is a new campaign afoot that is tickling the interests of the mainstream media. It is an effort to kick President Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman. Sadly at least three of the candidates do not belong on the list. One is a famous hater of men, another can only be termed a mass murderer, and the third was an important supporter of the genocide of African Americans. How is it these three women deserve to be celebrated on the $20 bill is anyone’s guess.

The campaign called Women On The 20, is, the group says on its website, is an effort to “compel historic change by convincing President Obama that NOW is the time to put a woman’s face on our paper currency.”

The group hopes to have the change on the money made by the year 2020, which happens to be the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the one that gave women the right to vote.

One of the ways that proponents of the new face on the 20 hopes to achieve their goal is to have Americans sign a petition that would “force” Obama to take notice and make a decision on the proposal.

The group has also proffered a list of 15 candidates from which website visitors may chose their top three. The list of candidates, though is in many cases little else but a cavalcade of leftists some of whom celebrated things that should disqualify them as the sort of Americans whom people should respect.

Here is the full list:

  • Alice Paul (1885-1977): Woman’s suffragette
  • Betty Friedan (1921-2006): Radical feminist
  • Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005): Politician
  • Sojourner Truth (1797-1883): Former slave and abolitionist
  • Rachel Carson (1907-1964): Environmentalist
  • Rosa Parks (1913-2005): Civil rights activist
  • Barbara Jordan (1936-1996): Politician
  • Margaret Sanger (1879-1966): Eugenecist
  • Patsy Mink (1927-2002): Politician
  • Clara Barton (1821-1912): Founder of the American Cross
  • Harriet Tubman (1822-1913): Former slave and abolitionist
  • Frances Perkins (1880-1965): FDR’s Labor Secretary
  • Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906): Abolitionist and women’s sufferage leader
  • Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962): First Lady and human rights activist
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815)-1902): Women’s rights leader

Now, most of these candidates are personages worthy of being included in a list of candidates for famous American women. But three of the candidates are not famous, but are infamous and do not belong on this list of worthies.

Namely, Betty Friedan, Margaret Sanger, and Rachel Carson.

Rachel Carson is famed as the author of the thinly researched and now thoroughly debunked envirowacko book Silent Spring. Carson’s faux “work” led to the banning of the insecticide DDT. Carson claimed it was a carcinogen and an environmentally disastrous. The the facts are that DDT helped kill mosquitos and save the lives of billions who otherwise would have died from malaria. Since its banning tens of millions have kept dying, most of them in underdeveloped nations. Rachel Carson is guilty of mass murder for her lies.

Next up is the unworthy Margaret Sanger. She is famed for coining the term “birth control” and is an icon for lovers of infanticide everywhere. But one of the dirty little secrets that the pro-abortion lobby refuses to accept is the fact that she worked in her chose field of eugenics in order to cleanse America of the black race. Sanger was little else but an advocate of the genocide of blacks in America. Sanger wanted to use abortion and sterilization to cull from the population a list of “undesirables” that mirrors the list the Nazis used to purify Germany. She wanted, for instance, to eliminate the mentally retarded and blacks from the gene pool of the country.Sanger was a disgusting, murder-supporting eugenicist that should be reviled.

Lastly is Betty Friedan, one of the founders of the women’s rights movement, wrote the famed book The Feminine Mystique in 1963, a book that sparked a massive movement for women’s rights. But ultimately Friedan proved to be merely a man hater, some charge a racist, but most certainly a major liar.

Some of the politicians on the list are problematic, of course, but Friedan, Carson, and Sanger belong only on a list of those who should be excoriated, not celebrated.

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BREAKING: Republican Congressman Aaron Schock Just Resigned Over Illegal Spending

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock just announced that he is resigning because of the mounting troubles over his illicit spending.

Schock was once thought of as an up-and-coming hero for establishment Republicans. But over the last month or so one story after another about his likely illegal spending of tax dollars and campaign cash on personal travel and vacations has finally sunk him. Now Politico reports he has resigned.

The 33-year-old Republican has been dogged by questions about his spending of taxpayer and campaign dollars. On Monday afternoon, POLITICO posed a lengthy set of questions about charging the government and his campaign tens of thousands of dollars in questionable mileage reimbursements.

Today, I am announcing my resignation as a Member of the United States House of Representatives effective March 31,” Schock said in a statement. “I do this with a heavy heart. Serving the people of the 18th District is the highest and greatest honor I have had in my life. I thank them for their faith in electing me and letting me represent their interests in Washington. I have given them my all over the last six years. I have traveled to all corners of the District to meet with the people I’ve been fortunate to be able to call my friends and neighbors.”

“But the constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself. I have always sought to do what’s best for my constituents and I thank them for the opportunity to serve,” he said in a statement.

Of course, no Democrat would EVER have resigned over theft of taxpayer’s money, but…. there you have it.

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Peter Dombrowski Announces For District 211 Board of Education (Schaumburg)

Peter Dombrowski, a Schaumburg resident, announced his candidacy for School District 211 Board of Education. As the largest high school district in the state of Illinois, serving on the Board at District 211 comes with great responsibility and Peter, a non-incumbent, looks forward to talking with voters over the next seven weeks.

Here is his open letter to voters:

Dear Neighbor,

As a resident of Schaumburg and fellow taxpayer, I’m concerned with the strategic direction of our High School District 211 Board of Education. Some specific issues we all face with the current Board in charge:

Tax Levy. The pension portion of my tax bill is up 106.4% since 2004. My tax bill supporting District 211, just since 2011, has increased 22.2%.

Excessive Fund Balance. Our Board has hoarded more money than is fiscally responsible, rationalizing this through fears of unrealized state actions. We have a policy and we need to hold our elected officials to that policy.

Board of Education Governance. The Board currently is reactionary. Our Board currently lacks open dialogue and critical assessment of consent agenda items. Structured committees are needed to allow discussions for all stakeholders.

Very Low Voter Turnout. Less than 10% of us are voting. These elections have significant impact on our tax bill. Remind your family, friends, and neighbors. Working together, we can implement strategic goals that will not only continue educational excellence, but also relieve our burden and bring fiscal sanity through strategic planning. I look forward to serving as your elected leader to create the bridge needed between you and our District 211 Board.

BACKGROUND I grew up on the south side of Chicago, in the small blue collar Polish community of Hegewisch. I was raised by my grandparents from the age of four. I attended Purdue University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and hold a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, I am employed as a chief bridge engineer.

VOLUNTEERING I serve as a Member of the School Advisory Board at St. Hubert’s School, as well as an Engineering Mentor for the Future City Teams at my children’s school. I also serve as a volunteer for the UIC Engineering Expo and NCEES committee and have participated in Chicago CanStruction for the past few years.

FAMILY I am married to Cindy (’92 Schaumburg HS) and live in Schaumburg with our three children, Jack, Ava, and Henry, along with our two dogs, Dash and Mattie. We are St. Hubert parishioners.

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Bloomington Mayor Goes Off on Blogger: You Are ‘ABSOLUTE AND TOTAL PIECE OF GARBAGE!’

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Mayor of Bloomington, Illinois seems to have lost his mind after a local Tea Party blogger mentioned his son in one of her posts. The Mayor launched into an unnecessary, hyperbolic attack on the blogger calling her “total garbage,” and a “sick dirty slimy ignorant fool.” His spittle-specked attack was replete with a lack of proper punctuation, misspellings, and often in all caps. It was like he reverted to a 12-year-old mentality with his over the top reply.

Mayor Tari Renner (yes, “Tari” is a man’s name in this case) went ballistic when blogger Diane Benjamin noted that the mayor’s son is a “friend” on social media of a student who appeared at a recent city council meeting.

The blogger didn’t “attack” Mayor Renner’s son, she merely mentioned him as a social media friend to a student who was involving herself in local politics.

But that mere mention brought this childishly formulated attack from the mayor:

NO! Diane! It shows what an ABSOLUTE AND TOTAL PIECE OF GARBAGE you are -actually worse because garbage can be converted into something useful – you are a TOTAL ABSOLUTE HUMAN CANCER! PLEASE quote me on that! I haven’ checked this site in ages because it’s mostly crazy bullshit -to be charitable! But, WHEN YOU ATTACK MY SON YOU ARE GOING TO PAY THE PRICE YOU SICK DIRTY SLIMY IGNORANT FOOL! And, frankly, that’s raising you to a level you ABSOLUTELY don’t deserve!

Nothing you ever report on this site makes any sense because I will give people anything they want to know about their government. Diane you REALLY are the craziest human being I”ve ever known. This WILL be my last post on this sick site of the worst part of humanity! The fact that some of you still think you’re Christians is PATHETIC! There is a special place in hell for you!

Krikies, Mayor Renner. What are you, like a 12-year-old child?

Ian Bayne of radio station Cities 92.9 in Bloomington reports that even members of the City Council–who are used to Renner screaming and attacking people–felt this reply was absurd and childish.

Apparently Mayor Renner has a long, long history of this sort of verbal attack on people who dares cross his royal highness.

In any case, someone needs to up Mayor Renner’s distemper shots, apparently. Seems like a childish and petty man that Bloomington elected to office, doesn’t it?

**UPDATE**

On February 20 the Bloomington City Council voted 9-0 to censure Mayor Renner for his outrageous behavior (source).

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More Troubles for Rep. Aaron Schock: Aide Resigns After ‘Racist’ Posting

-By Warner Todd Huston

Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock has not had a good week. First he was criticized over his office decor, and today he has had an aide resign over a “racist” posting on social media.

Schock was criticized for ethics violations after initially having his office decorated for free in a garish pseudo-Downton Abby style.

Before that controversy even died down, though, he’s found a troublesome aide that needed firing over some sort of racist remark on social media.

Benjamin Cole, an aide who has been with the Congressman only since last March, has resigned, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle said on Thursday.

In a statement the Congressman said that he is “extremely disappointed by the inexcusable and offensive online comments made by a member of my staff.”

Schock’s office said that the aide offered to resign after being confronted about the posting.

Timing seems odd on this sudden dismissal, though. It was Cole who is reported as having embarrassed the Congressman earlier this week when he tried to pressure a reporter from the Washington Post to erase photos of the Congressman’s newly decorated office.

Now all of a sudden he is gone of a “racist post” on social media.

Illinois Review has more on the supposedly racist posts.

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