Friday, February 26, 2010

Tuition might rise at Kishwaukee College, Malta | Daily Chronicle

 Kishwaukee College .Kishwaukee College is charging $75 per credit hour this academic year for students who live in the school’s district

Tuition at Kishwaukee College could increase by as much as $6 per credit hour for the 2010-11 academic year.

Click on the following for more details:  Tuition might rise at Kish | Daily Chronicle

Per-Pupil Cash from Springfield Could Shrink : Illinois Statehouse News

 

image State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, who heads a House education committee, said by the time lawmakers are done in May, schools could be looking at hundreds of dollars less per-student in state aid.

The real price tag could be anywhere from $500 to $700 less,” said Chapa LaVia.

Last year, mainly because of federal stimulus dollars, Chapa LaVia’s committee shepherded a $160 per-student increase in state aid. 

[State Rep. Jehan Gordon, D-Peoria]…many urban school districts, in Chicagoland and across downstate Illinois, are losing their property tax base, a cut in general state aid would hit them harder.

Click for others thoughts on the issue:  Per-Pupil Cash from Springfield Could Shrink : Illinois Statehouse News

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Citizens With a Vision for District 100—where are you?

This campaign committee received tens of thousands of dollars and spend the money on expensive advertizing  to convince  the taxpayers to North Belvidere High School.  After the defeat of the $.35 Education Fund increase in 2007 we have not heard of this organization.

Does it still exist?  Who runs the organization?   Is there any money left?

Well the committee still has an active status according to the Illinois State Board of Election.  Their fillings are available at:  http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CommitteeList.aspx?id=17844

For your convenience here is information from some of there recent filings.

Citizens With a Vision for District 100
Purpose: Raise awareness to assist passage of school referendum.

c/o James Twyning, Treas
11811 Pony Ln
Belvidere, IL 61008-9686    Active
Local 11910

Creation Date:1/13/2004

Officers
Name                     Title                                  Address
David K Adkins     CoChair/Treas 2156 St James Ave Belvidere, IL 61008

James V. Twyning  Co-Chairman 11811 Pony Ln Belvidere, IL 61008

 

Since June 30, 2007 the committee has had $10,146.79 available. 

Their latest semi-annual Report is shown below.  Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

citizens with vision

Bill would let schools skip mandates | Daily Chronicle

House Bill 4711, which would allow local school boards to modify or discontinue a state mandate if the cost of running it is more than the promised funding

bill would expire in three years

Pritchard said there is a joint resolution in the House that would do essentially the same thing. Under that resolution, rather than allowing local districts to decide which mandates don’t apply to them, a committee would be formed in the Legislature to review all mandates and determine which are lower priority and can be discontinued.

Click on the following for more details:  Bill would let schools skip mandates | Daily Chronicle

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Criticism over Barrington’s Dist. 220's $2.4 mil budget reduction plan

 

district plans to save about $1 million by holding it back from the $3 million usually spent on summer maintenance among its 12 schools.  The remaining $1.4 million comes from personnel and program cuts board

15 full-time employees from among certified staff. However, by adding two more contingency positions and an elementary literacy facilitator, the net reduction is expected to be around 12 full-time employees.

Daily Herald | Criticism over Dist. 220's $2.4 mil budget reduction plan

DeKalb Schools to discuss job elimination | Daily Chronicle

School districts have to let teachers know 60 days before the end of an academic year if they plan to rehire them the next year, Gorla said. If that is not done, and the state does not provide funding, the district is obligated to provide them with a job.

Gorla presented board members with 11 possible reductions for next year, totaling $1.7 million. One possibility was decreasing the teaching staff by at least 16 full-time equivalent positions, which could save the district $717,286. That number might have changed, Gorla said Tuesday. Additional cuts are being explored.
At least eight teachers are expected to retire after this academic year, Gorla said last week, and those positions would not be refilled

Click on the following for more detailsDeKalb Schools to discuss job elimination | Daily Chronicle

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Obama proposes new way of uniformly raising academic standards / The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com

 

federal Title I funding – the money set aside for poor students – only if they adopt new standards that are certified as “college- and career-ready.”

Obama proposes new way of uniformly raising academic standards / The Christian Science Monitor - CSMonitor.com

Belvidere School board presented cost savings options

Doug Smiley, board vice president said. "Most of this is not going to be popular."

at risk classes could include some junior and senior advanced placement courses, social studies courses and fourth-year language classes….most of the courses in danger of not hitting a 20-student limit would be elective classes

eliminating or limiting field trips. Savings for that option was estimated at $100,000-120,000.

would require negotiation is structuring paraprofessional jobs within the district to eliminate benefits. Estimated savings is $465,000. Another option calls for reducing paraprofessionals’ time on the job to match the hours students are in class.

Click on the following for more details:  The Belvidere Daily Republican. - School board presented cost savings options

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Plan Will Let High Schoolers Graduate Early - NYTimes.com

The program is being organized by the National Center on Education and the Economy, and its goals include insuring that students have mastered a set of basic requirements and reducing the numbers of high school graduates who need remedial courses when they enroll in college.

Dozens of public high schools in eight states will introduce a program next year allowing 10th graders who pass a battery of tests to get a diploma two years early and immediately enroll in community college. Students who pass but aspire to attend a selective college may continue with college preparatory courses in their junior and senior years, organizers of the new effort said. Students who fail the 10th-grade tests, known as board exams, can try again at the end of their 11th and 12th grade

Click on the following for more details:  New Plan Will Let High Schoolers Graduate Early - NYTimes.com

Scholarship perk under fire in Illinois

The Illinois Senate has scheduled a hearing Tuesday to discuss plans to either reform or abolish the General Assembly scholarship program.

It’s not the first time the tuition waivers have been targeted for elimination, but prior attempts dating to the 1990s have usually started — and failed — in the House.

The cost — estimated at $12 million per year – is then absorbed by the universities.

Scholarship perk under fire in Illinois

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Elgin observatory's 100th birthday: Looking back & up

opened in February 1910 as part of the Elgin National Watch Co…watch company employees there used a telescope and the known movement of stars to tell exactly what time it was and exactly how fast a second was. That enabled workers at the factory to slow down or speed up the action of the factory's watches and clocks to make them as accurate as possible.

sold the observatory to the school district [Elgin U46], which expanded it in 1962 and opened a planetarium inside to teach students about astronomy.

open house at the building from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Elgin observatory's 100th birthday: Looking back & up :: The Courier News :: Local News

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Illinois Auditor General William G. Holland

The following audits of the various state pensions were just released for the current year.  Click on the various reports to see the Auditor Generals report.  I have  supplied the Summary Report for the Teachers’ Pension Program, the largest pension program.

Recently Released Audits

February 16, 2010

  • General Assembly Retirement System, State of Illinois – Financial Audit
    Summary Report Digest*
    Full Report
  • Judges' Retirement System of Illinois – Financial Audit
    Summary Report Digest*
    Full Report
  • State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois – Financial Audit
    Summary Report Digest*
    Full Report
  • Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois – Financial Audit
    Summary Report Digest*

    INTRODUCTION---Teachers’ Pension

    This digest covers our financial audit of the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois (System) for the year ended June 30, 2009. A report on the results of our compliance attestation examination for the year ending June 30, 2009 is being issued separately.

    UNDERFUNDING OF THE SYSTEM

    The actuarial accrued liability was valued at $73.0 billion at June 30, 2009. The actuarial value of assets (at smoothed value) totaled approximately $38.0 billion at June 30, 2009. The method for determining the actuarial value of assets was changed beginning with the June 30, 2009 valuation. The method was changed from the market value to a smoothed value where the actuarial investment gains or losses for each year are recognized in equal amounts over the ensuing five-year period.

    The difference between the actuarial accrued liability and the actuarial value of assets of $35.0 billion reflects the unfunded liability of the System at June 30, 2009. The System had a funded ratio (at smoothed value) of 52.1% at June 30, 2009. When using the market value (valuation method used June 30, 2008) the System would have had a funded ratio of 39.1% at June 30, 2009.


    Full Report

  • State Universities Retirement System – Financial Audit
    Summary Report Digest*
    Full Report
  • Illinois State Board of Investment – Financial Audit
    Summary Report Digest*
    Full Report
  • Supplemental Digest to Retirement System Audits
    Summary Report Digest

Illinois Auditor General William G. Holland

Governors State gets $4.9M in stimulus funds

university will coordinate job placement services and training with a number of suburban agencies, including Southland Health Care Forum, SouthSTAR Services, CANN Academy of Nursing, Proactive Community Services, the South Metro Higher Education Consortium, the Young Women's Christian Association of Metropolitan Chicago and Robert Morris University.

Click on the following for more details:  Governors State gets $4.9M in stimulus funds - Chicago Breaking News

Monday, February 15, 2010

On Tuesday District 100 Board will consider changing bus service from Durham to First Student

The following is the memo to the Board regarding Administration recommendation to go with the lowest bidder, First Student.   Neighboring DeKalb Community Schools had a  bus strike in November 2009 as employees of First Student  sought wages increase for drivers from a starting pay of $10 to $12 an hour and for monitors from $8 to $10 per hour. 

February 7, 2010
To: Board of Education
From: Greg Brown
RE: Transportation Bidding Results
In reviewing the bids that were received in January, we took into account recent legislative changes that require bid recipients to carefully consider the qualifications of all bidders with respect to Special Education Transportation qualifications. All bidders that participated in our bid process have solid experience in Special Education Transportation.
The following qualifications were also considered before evaluating price:
1.
Only contractors with a minimum of five (5) years of consecutive relevant experience in education transportation were deemed to be acceptable, responsible bidders.
2.
Only bidders with five continuous years of relevant experience transporting public school students in at least two districts of similar size (9,600 students) were considered.
3.
Bidders had to submit a list of at least five current contracts for transportation of students in Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin (including the Greater Chicagoland area). The list included the addresses and telephone numbers of direct contacts for the contracts listed. We called these contacts and used this information to ascertain the degree of satisfaction with the services rendered by the respective bidder.
4.
Bidders were required to list each contract that has been terminated by a school district for cause (not simply a lost bid) within the last five years and the reason for such termination.
5.
The bidder had to submit documentation confirming that they would be able to initiate service by July 1, 2010 for the School District with the average age of buses not to exceed seven (7) years and no vehicle older than ten (10) years for the base bid proposal.
6.
The bidder was required to provide assurance that a local office and a bus garage would be maintained within the boundaries of School District 100 to facilitate access and efficiency of operations. If the local office was not physically staffed by the certain personnel, the bidder had to provide detail on which positions would be housed elsewhere and how they plan to provide the services not housed at the local office. Bidders understood that providing qualified personnel was critical to this bid.
7.
Bidders were required to submit documentation of a comprehensive safety program.
8.
Bidders were required to submit audited financial statements prepared by a Certified Public Accountant for the last three fiscal years so that we could evaluate the financial strength of each bidder.
9.
Bidders were required to certify that they are currently and will remain in compliance with the Fair Employment Practices Act of Illinois, Equal Employment Opportunity Act, Illinois Human Rights Act (as it relates to Sexual Harassment), Illinois Drug Free Workplace Act, Public Act 86-411 as it relates to criminal background investigations and other school district specific policies such as no smoking on school district property.
We then evaluated the pricing provided with each bid package. The indicated savings on the base bid proposal from the lowest bidder is approximately $2,150,000 and the savings on the alternate bid proposal is approximately $2,550,000. The calculated savings was arrived at by comparing actual bid numbers to what the costs would have been on the current contract if the current contract had simply renewed each year with a cost of living increases (assumed at 2.7% based on current December CPI). All bids received represented a savings from the existing contract.
The low bid was submitted by First Student, Inc., the largest student transportation company in North America. First Student transports more than 4,000,000 students per day on 60,000 school buses. First Student currently serves six school districts in our immediate area and a number of school districts in the Chicago suburban communities and downstate Illinois. First Student, Inc. references were all positive.
Considering all of the factors listed above, we recommend that First Student, Inc. become the transportation provider for District 100 for a three year period beginning with the 2010-2011 school year.

Emperor has no clothes: Pensions are short cash

On Jan. 7 the state sold $3.5 billion of "pension obligation notes…These five-year debt securities carry an interest rate of 3.84 percent, tax free to bondholders….money raised will go to shore up the Teachers Retirement System, which is scheduled to receive $2.08 billion of the proceeds, and the Illinois State Universities Retirement System, which will get $702.5 million from the bond offering. The Illinois State Board of Investment gets nearly $813 million for funds, including the Illinois State Employees' Retirement System, and the Judges Retirement System, and -- big surprise -- the Illinois General Assembly Retirement System.

Effectively, the state used the pension systems as a credit card to fund ongoing service operations."

If you would like to see more facts and figures, check out the Web site www.IllinoisIsBroke.com, created by the nonpartisan Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago

Click on the following for more details:  Emperor has no clothes: Pensions are short cash :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Terry Savage

Thursday, February 11, 2010

State set to cut funding for schools

Current negotiations in Springfield could result in 10 percent cuts to the state's school funding foundation level, meaning millions less in state aid to local schools.

State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat who chairs the Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Committee…

"It looks like we're coming to some huge drops in general state aid," Chapa LaVia said. "It's looking like anywhere from $600 to $700 per-pupil drop."

the poorer the school district, the more this will hurt.

Click on the following for more details:   State set to cut funding for schools :: Beacon News :: Local News

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Making a run for it: ‘Race to the Top’ - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

The following is an excellent summary of the process.

More than 40 percent of Illinois school districts, … have laced up their running shoes to participate in “Race to the Top,” a federal competitive grant program intended to drive education reform.

money appropriated from the American Reinvestment Recovery Act. Districts received a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Dec. 18, outlining how to comply to receive grant money. Districts had until Jan. 11 to submit a MOU signed by district superintendents and optimally, school board presidents and local union presidents.

four main areas for reform, calling for improvements in standards and assessments, improving data collection, strengthening teacher and administrator effectiveness and turning around struggling schools.

If the state wins an award, participating districts will have 90 days to respond with a plan on implementing the state’s “Race to the Top” plan

States will find out whether or not they will receive money in April. If the state does not receive the grant money they have a second chance in June to apply for a second phase of funding. The grant money will be dispensed over four years.

Click on the following for more details:  Making a run for it: Two school districts participate in ‘Race to the Top’ - Freeport, IL - The Journal-Standard

Illnois school districts, universities slam state for late payments -

overdue payments are a result of a growing state deficit that likely will reach $13 billion this year

lawmakers approved a general revenue budget for the fiscal year that gave universities nearly $1.4 billion ….$1.1 billion of that but have collected only $335 million.

Click on the following for more details:  Illnois school districts, universities slam state for late payments - STLtoday.com

State's late payments put district 100's rainy-day fund in jeopardy

School officials hosted a financial planning meeting Tuesday by PMA Financial Network at Belvidere Central Middle School. The meeting gave the district a stage to unveil its budget situation, history and give a projection of what’s to come.
“We think there’s going to be a deficit not only for next year, 2011, but we believe we’ll end up with a deficit for this year as well,” Greg Brown, business services director, said before the meeting.

Click on the following for more of the Rockford Register Star’s story:  State's late payments put district's rainy-day fund in jeopardy - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star

For a better idea of the district’s finances take a look at the actual slides that were used by PMA.  They are all available at District 100 website, click on the following:  http://www.district100.net/pdfs/PMA_Presentation.pdf

The assumptions on the revenue and enrollment side are especially telling.  Equalized Assessed Valuation will decline 7.5% for FY 2011 and 2012.  Enrollment peaked in 2009 and will fall by small amounts in coming years. There are operating deficits in every year with aggregate fund balances being halved by 2015 and requiring possible short term borrowings for operations. For your convenience I have highlighted several of the PMA slides below.   Do look at the others and see what is being projected for District 100’s future.Distict 100 PMA 2010district 100 pma 2010--2district 100 pma 2010 3 Click on the photocopy to enlarge:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Connect 100: Keeping the community and Belvidere Schools connected—February 2010

This is the cover sheet for District 100’s Web Magazine. To read the actual magazine or seek the linked articles go to:  http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs026/1102767400755/archive/1102958662959.html

February, 2010

In This Issue

Spring parent/athlete meeting scheduled

Kindergarten registration set for April

Students benefit from holiday book drive

Breakfast program offered at all schools

Local student receives scholarship

Spring parent/athlete meetings scheduled

Spring high school athletes and their parents/guardians are required to attend a pre-season meeting. 

Registration is from 5 to 6 p.m.  There will be a general meeting at 6, followed by individual sport meetings at 6:30.  All athletes must have an Athletic Permit Card, which will be issued at the meeting. 

Meetings are as follows:

Belvidere North:  February 11 in the cafeteria

Belvidere:  February 22 in the Performing Arts Center.

For more information please contact the appropriate Athletic Office.

BHS dance team and the VFW partner to help soldiers

The Belvidere High School Dance Team, in partnership with the Belvidere VFW Post 1461, will sponsor a drive to collect items to send to U.S. troops overseas.

Items requested include:  Beef jerky, canned chicken and tuna, canned or packed fruit, cheese spreads, Chex Mix, chips, coffee, complete pancake mix, cookies, crackers, dried fruit, fruit snacks, snack mix, granola and energy bars, hard candy, hot chocolate mix, ice pops, snack cakes, microwave meals, nuts, instant oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly, Pop Tarts, popcorn, powdered drink mixes, pudding cups, Ramen noodles, Rice-a-Roni, sardines, beef sticks, soup, sugar packets, sunflower seeds, and tea.

The drive will be held February 9 at the Bucs boys' home basketball game.

District #100 links:

  www.district100.com

Greetings!

District #100 will soon begin preparing its tentative budget for the next year.  In the meantime, it is partnering with financial consultant PMA and reaching out to the community.

On Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the cafe at Belvidere Central Middle School, PMA will present a multi-year budget forecast for District employees and community members.  Please join PMA and District #100 as they begin to look at federal, state, and local funding and their impact on the 2010-2011 budget.

Belvidere Central Middle School is located at 8787 Beloit Road, Belvidere.

Kindergarten registration set for April

District-wide registration for the 2010-2011 school year will be held April 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in all elementary buildings.  Please register your child at the school he or she will be attending.

The following are required at the time of registration:  (1) certified copy of your child's birth certificate; (2) proof of residency (current utility bill); and (3) check for $90 payable to Belvidere School District #100.

A physical examination is due prior to the first day of attendance.

Students benefit from holiday book drive

Barnes & Noble

During the month of December, Barnes & Noble held its annual Holiday Book Drive.  Because of the generosity of others 310 pre-k through 8th grade students will take home a brand new book.

Over the years Belvidere Schools has been blessed with the good fortune of receiving donations from community members, businesses, and others.  Each gift directly impacts the lives of students.  A heartfelt thank you is extended to all who have given to the district, and specifically to those who donated books through Barnes & Noble.

Breakfast program offered at all schools

Finding the time to fit a healthy breakfast into your child's daily routine can sometimes be difficult.  However, studies show that children who acquire the breakfast habit early are less likely to develop illness and are successful in maintaining a healthy weight, good grades, soild attendance, and an increase in overall performance.  It is with this knowledge ARAMARK, foodservice provide for District #100, created a breakfast program to help parents start their child's day off right.

Breakfast is available at all schools at a cost of $1.50 for elementary students, $1.75 for secondary students and $.30 for all students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

For more information regarding the breakfast program, please contact your child's school. 

Local student receives scholarship

Soad Mana

Belvidere High School senior Soad Mana has been selected as a recipient of the 2010-2011 Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship.  This award, funded through the Comcast Foundation, recognizes high school seniors from Comcast communities for commitment to community service, academic achievement, and demonstrated leadership.  Soad will receive a one-time grant of $1,000.

We value your input.  If you have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the contents of this newsletter, please contact us by telephone at 815-544-0301 or by e-mail at communications@district100.com.

This is the cover sheet for District 100’s Web Magazine. To read the actual magazine or seek the linked articles go to:  http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs026/1102767400755/archive/1102958662959.html

Illinois bans cell phone usage in school zones

Illinois bans cell phone usage in school zones
Posted Belvidere Community Schools February 3, 2010 [http://www.district100.net/]

As of January 1, 2010, the State of Illinois banned the use of cell phones in school zones.  Senate Bill 72 titled "Vehicular Phone Use in School Zones" states:

"A person, regardless of age, may not use a wireless telephone at any time while operating a motor vehicle on a roadway in a school speed zone."

Please be mindful of the new law when you pick your children up from school or are simply traveling through a school speed zone.

St. Charles District 303 receives grim report from superintendent on budget cuts

that cuts look to be at least $1 billion across Illinois next year. The message was from a Large Unit District Association meeting with legislators this past weekend. 

no one is really sure what will happen or when the cuts will happen, but it was unanimous among both democratic and republican legislators that cuts will be large.

Click on the following for more details:  District 303 receives grim report from superintendent on budget cuts - Huntley, IL - Huntley Farmside

BHS incentive program stresses attendance, academics

But it was a hit, with 250 students in the cafeteria for that inaugural breakfast because of their commitment to academics and being in the classroom

Click on the following for more details:  The Belvidere Daily Republican. - School incentive program stresses attendance, academics

Carpentersville D300 extends contract for teachers union

the rollover ensures no teachers will receive raises in the coming school year – only the 1.9 percent step up in pay required by the current contract for teachers at the middle of the pay scale. It also saves District 300 up to $100,000 in legal fees to negotiate a new contract, Board President Joe Stevens has said.

Click on the following for more details:  D300 extends contract for teachers union :: The Courier News :: Local News

Kaneland teachers rebuff school board

 Kaneland encompasses 140 square miles in southwestern Kane County and is at the western edge of the Fox River Valley

Kaneland's teachers have rejected a call from the school board to renegotiate their pay raises in order to help the district save money….

The teachers' contract had granted teachers 16 percent raises to be implemented in phases over the following three years.
Next year, the district expects to spend about $1.5 million in salary increases.
In the statement forwarded by KEA chief negotiator Lynn McHenry, the teachers said they believed the district's budget problems and its proposed solutions are "not unprecedented."

Kaneland teachers also noted that their salaries continue to rank eighth out of nine surrounding districts. And, while all of the surrounding districts are also facing budget difficulties, as well, none of them have asked their teachers to renegotiate contracts.

Click on the following for more details:  Kaneland teachers rebuff school board | Daily Chronicle

Elgin U-46 appeals bilingual waiver decision

The waiver still has to go to the state legislature which can over rule this decision.

state board voted Jan. 14 to reject the request, upholding state law that caps bilingual classes at 90 percent of a district's average general education student-teacher ratio

current waiver process began in 1995, there have been just five appeals to the General Assembly

Click on the following for more details:  Daily Herald | U-46 appeals bilingual waiver decision

Monday, February 8, 2010

Rock Valley Local organizations offer engineering fun for youth

Discover Engineering is sponsored by NDK America, Inc. and the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers

Local engineering feats will be showcased at Discovery Center Museum on Saturday, February 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to celebrate National Engineers’ Week - February 14 -20, 2010.

Manufacturing 2.0 » Local organizations offer engineering fun for youth

Editorial - Lobbyists and Students - NYTimes.com

 

private lending companies that earn billions of dollars in undeserved profits from the federal student loan program are working overtime to kill a bill that would stop their gravy train once and for all —

subsidized program, for example, was supposed to keep loans flowing during recessions. But the loans dried up in the last credit crunch, forcing the government to rescue the program. The direct program, by contrast, suffered no such disruption. In addition to being more reliable, the direct program costs less.

Click on he following for more detailsEditorial - Lobbyists and Students - NYTimes.com

State senator threatened with eviction from Barrington office

Might slow payment jeopardize state projects?

State Sen. Dan Duffy says he won't complain if he is booted from his Barrington office because the state government hasn't been paying the rent on time.

$3.3 billion backlog in bills and $2.5 billion in loan payments due starting next month, there is a long line of creditors seeking money from the state comptroller's office. [Building owner] GNP is due about $8,000 for Duffy's office, a new tab that has grown since the company received $10,000 in tardy rent payments in October. The company covers utilities and other contract services from the monthly rent it charges.

Boller Construction Co. managed to receive payment after waiting more than six months on a $1 million-plus fee for work as general contractor at College of Lake County. Boller led projects at CLC's Grayslake and Waukegan campuses last summer.

President Lyle Ehlers said the state's tardiness forced Waukegan-based Boller to take "extraordinary measures" to secure financing while it waited for its money. Unlike Boller, some companies quit the CLC projects over the late payments.

Daily Herald | State senator threatened with eviction from Barrington office

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Springfield School board supports sales tax referendum

The Springfield School District estimates it could receive $9 to $10 million annually for school facility improvements if the maximum 1 percent tax is approved.

begin discussing the referendum with officials from other school boards and the county board. 

sales tax referendum probably won’t take place until April 2011 or February 2012

School board supports sales tax referendum - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

Voters say 'yes' to school sales tax,

State of Illinois One of the first Illinois communities to pass a sales tax for schools is Lawrence County in Southern Illinois on the Wabash River.

Proceeds from this new tax will be distributed to all public schools that have students residing in Lawrence County on a per-pupil basis and will be used for school capital purposes only.

Click on the following for more details:  Voters say 'yes' to tax, 'no' to liquor sales

Few details emerge in [NIU Police Chief] Grady investigation | Daily Chronicle

January, the Daily Chronicle sent a Freedom of Information request to NIU, asking for all records, correspondence, information, transcripts, witness lists and memos regarding or mentioning the review panel, which was formed in October 2009

NIU redacted the names, titles, departments and telephone numbers of the people interviewed, with the university citing the FOIA exemption that allows records in the possession of any public body created in the course of administrative enforcement proceedings to be withheld.

second exemption was cited, which allows the withholding of records that relate to a public body’s adjudication of employee grievances or disciplinary cases.

panel also invited community members to submit written comments about Grady’s job performance and reviewed the 95 to 100 that were sent in, Buettner [NIU VP of University Relations] said. Those comments have the same legal protection under the statutory administrative adjudicatory process set in the state, Buettner said.

The Daily Chronicle plans to request that the Public Access Counselor in the Illinois Attorney General’s office review the case.

Few details emerge in Grady investigation | Daily Chronicle

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Belvidere School District to host budget meeting

Come see District 100 finances.  The General Public is invited.

At 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the cafeteria at Belvidere Central Middle School, 8787 Beloit Road, PMA will present a multi-year budget forecast for district employees and community members.

Click on the following for more details:  The Belvidere Daily Republican. - Belvidere School District to host budget meeting

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Ex-Oak Grove School manager charged with theft

Green Oaks, Il (near Libertyville)--Lake County, Il

Between 1998 and 2001, Bishop said, Roberts also served as an assistant girl's basketball coach at the school and was supposed to be paid one-half the annual salary stipend for the work.

Instead, Bishop said, Roberts paid herself double the amount she should have been paid, and continued to draw the stipend until she resigned from her position.

A forensic audit of the school's finances revealed Roberts collected $31,283

Daily Herald | Ex-Oak Grove School manager charged with theft

Coles County voters say 'no' to 1-percent sales tax for schools

The county’s unofficial vote on The Illinois County School Facility Tax was 4,966 opposed and 3,865 in favor, a decisive 56 percent of “no” votes on the issue. The “yes” votes trailed by a significant margin as returns came in throughout Tuesday evening.

An opposition group, Coles Citizens Acting for Responsible Education, argued that the schools’ pledges weren’t believable because there was no legal requirement to reduce property taxes, or to keep the schools from backing off the pledge later.

Click on the following for more details:  JG-TC.com > News > Coles County voters say 'no' to 1-percent sales tax for schools

Shelby County voters say 'no' to school sales tax question

 

the unofficial tally showed residents voted 2,006 to 1,501 against the proposal. That is 57.2 percent against and 42.8 percent in favor of applying the 1-percent tax.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Midwest Dental offers free dental care to underprivileged children Feb. 5

Midwest Dental will provide free dental care to underprivileged children Friday, Feb. 5, as part of the annual Give Kids a Smile Day sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA).

Last year, Midwest Dental clinics served 438 children by providing more than $118,000 in dental care and are expecting to donate even more this year. For more information regarding Give Kids a Smile in Rockford, call (815) 962-1400.  Midwest Dental is a dental management company with headquarters in Mondovi, Wis., and 65 clinics in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

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$200K for job training: Manzullo announces plan to support WorkKeys,- Freeport, IL -

 

Certificate of Employability (COE) program, as well as the WorkKeys program.

The COE program, which has recently gained support from three local high schools, awards certificates to eligible high school students who meet pre-determined requirements and are deemed ready for the workforce. The WorkKeys program aims to improve workplace skills and match job-seekers with employers.

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