Edgar Co. (ECWd) -
"These abuses won't stop until voters rise up angry again and again and again".
About now some are saying here he goes again, complaining about matters of no importance to those in Edgar County. Oh how you arr mistaken, if that is the case. The above quote is not mine but that of the Editorial Board of the Chicago Tribune. I find it comforting to finally see major media organizations standing up and delivering the message to the people.
That quote was from their Editorial article today expanding on the $38,000,000.00 ($38 Million) in fines the taxpayers of Illinois had to pay because their school boards violated state law by giving pay raises in excess of statutory limits. (Click here for Tribune Article)
Edgar County taxpayers are on the hook for $31,045.24 in penalties for violating the 6% pay spike for their administrators and teachers. Once again, we see that our elected officials are failing to follow the law and it is those same officials costing you money.
A break down by school districts In Edgar County:
- Chrisman CUSD 6 - 1 Educator - Fined $1,102.14
- Kansas CUSD 3 - 1 Educator - Fined $3,354.01
- Paris CUSD 4 - 4 Educators - Fined $2,832.36
- Paris CUSD 95 - 5 Educators - Fined $18,178.76
- Shiloh CUSD 1 - 3 Educators - Fined $5,547.9
Considering the financial condition of these schools and their raising of our taxes on a regular basis, let me just say I am once again disgusted with this behavior. The nerve of these people to continue to place financial burdens on our backs when they, themselves, are costing us money is yet another example of how broke our system is.
At what point will the citizens in this county get angry enough to demand accountability to the law? I have been asking that question for years and the abuse continues while people sit at the coffee shop complaining that nothing can be done about it.
The College of DuPage was an example of how informed voters stood up and forced change; Change that many said could never happen. We exposed just a smidgen of corruption in that College compared to what we have shared in Edgar County, yet the abuses of the law in this county continue, as is pointed out in the Chicago Tribune's article. (Click here to search the entire data base for violators)
The school districts of Edgar County owe the people an explanation as to which educators reaped the benefits of illegal pay spikes, and what board members allowed it to happen. I would appreciate if they simply provide the information without a FOIA request. If I do not hear from them in the next 5 days I will follow up with the official request, as the people have a right to know who is taking advantage of our tax dollars with zero accountability.