Champions of Their Own Self-Interest

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Champions of Their Own Self-Interest


Champions of their own self-interest

It is tragically ironic that the Illinois legislature, who through decades of gross negligence and perhaps even unethical or illegal maneuvering failed to fund public pensions, is now the champion of the Illinois taxpayer.

I understand why many recession-weary citizens would rally around them.

I know the legislature understands that motivation, too, and in a politically opportunistic move are looking to discharge Illinois' obligation to teachers and other public employees like firefighters and police.

Many in the legislature will look to "wipe the slate clean" of the mess they and their predecessors have made on the backs of those who served the public interest.

Illinois is in a financial mess, but rather than vilifying the very employees this state has relied upon to carry out its important business, this legislature and governor must clearly acknowledge to the public that: 1) the pension crisis is not of the making of the public employees, 2) the state must honor promises made to workers whose present and future livelihood is in the balance, 3) the legislature and governor must meet with all parties affected (unions, local school districts) to work out an equitable solution rather than "fast tracking" legislation that seeks only to preserve their political careers.

Public employees include our police, our firefighters, and our teachers. They are our neighbors, friends and family. Don't let the governor or those in the legislature slip, slide out of another responsibility.

They are not, as they would claim, the champions of the taxpayer; rather they are the champions of their own self-interests.

Richard Mitchell

Wheaton

Glenbard East thrilled for new turf

With great excitement, Glenbard High School District 87, the Glenbard East Booster Club and Lombard Park District have developed a partnership to install synthetic turf in the stadium field at Glenbard East High School. We are excited about the valuable opportunities this project will provide to East students and the community.

Glenbard East uses the field as instructional space for physical education, marching band, and athletics. The park district will use the field for additional summer camps and athletic programming space during the evenings, weekends and summer.

The artificial turf allows the park district to avoid the over-usage of its green space, which in turn saves maintenance costs.

The project will be funded through a collaborative funding model, with the park district funding $500,000 of the project in exchange for use of the field, the booster club funding $433,333 and District 87 providing the remaining funds.

This public-private partnership allows for economies of scale for access to recreational spaces by Glenbard East students and the community. For more information, please visit www.eastboosters.com. We look forward to the field being available to the greater Lombard community and the Glenbard East students at the start of the 2012-2013 school year.

Josh Chambers

Glenbard East principal

Paul Friedrichs

Executive director

Lombard Park District

Georgie Ludwig

President, Glenbard East Booster Club

Democrats don't get own ideology

As a former bully, I am an expert on the subject.

I do not see how bullying can be eliminated from public schools, because bullies do not operate on the basis of the moral law.

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