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Homer 33C students raise money for American Heart Association

 News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

For Immediate Release:

Feb. 8, 2017

Goodings Grove fourth-graders are having fun raising money for the American Heart Association by purchasing kits to make “heart scarves.”

 

Students put their heart into craft project

Raise money for American Heart Association

Goodings Grove fourth-graders are showing their support for the American Heart Association this week by making scarves from heart-shaped pieces of cloth.

“Who wants to look chic?” Principal Ann Christie asked a group of students as they unpacked their kits of pre-cut fleece.

“Then let’s get moving,” she replied, after receiving an enthusiastic response.

Students were given an opportunity to purchase the kits for $5. Each kit was assembled by a team of teachers, staff members, bus drivers and parents who cut, counted and organized the uniform pieces of fleece from yards of fabric purchased by Christie.

The kits were labeled with clever names, such as “Sunny Days Ahead” (for a kit of yellow and orange fabric), “Bumble Bee” (for a kit with yellow and black cloth) and “Can You Bear It” (for a kit containing Chicago’s famous orange and blue).

Proceeds from the kit sales will benefit the American Heart Association.

Last year, the school raised more than $11,000 for the organization through a variety of activities. This year, they hope to raise even more.

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Reforming Illinois sick-day rollover is a $3.4 billion no brainer

Eliminating the sick-day perk driving up pension costs

Teachers in Illinois can roll two years’ worth of sick days into their total tenure of service to the state. This additional two years of service tacked on to the end of their careers allows them to retire with even bigger pensions.

More than 73,000 teachers have taken advantage of this sick-leave perk as of 2015.

That will cost taxpayers $3.39 billion over the next 30 years. Comp Time is a huge cost!!!!!!!!!!!!

A person making $10 per hr. in 2000 gets saves 50 hrs. then in 2002 that same person saves 50 hrs. in 2017 that person who saves 50 hrs. comp time  has 850 hrs total Comp time but is paid out at the current pay scale which could be 2 to 3 times higher than the starting rate in 2000, considering government employees get a pay increase of some type every year. This massive cost can’t be measured easily.

January 30, 2017  Illinois Policy

Illinois state senators are considering a budget with massive tax hikes, but is short on critical pension reforms, which would save taxpayers billions.

Teachers in Illinois can roll two years worth of sick days into their total tenure of service to the state. This additional two years of service tacked in to end of their career allows them to retire with an even bigger pension.

More than 73,000 teachers have taken advantage of this sick-leave perk as of 2015.

That will cost taxpayers $3.39 billion over the next 30 years.

Perks like this drive up spending and are a burden to taxpayers – and they’re ripe for reform. But instead of tackling spending reform, Illinois state senators are considering a budget proposal with multibillion-dollar tax hikes.

This plan is short on needed reforms to two of the biggest cost drivers in state government: school districts and public sector pensions.

Even though Illinois’ public sector employees already enjoy overgenerous salaries and benefits, this imprudent perk that allows school teachers to inflate their pensions with accumulated sick-leave days remains.

Reforming sick-day rollover is a $3.4 billion no brainer

The average age of retirement in the Teachers Retirement System pension fund is 59-years old, and the average total pension payout is an astounding $2.2 million. Utilizing the full two years of the sick-leave perk can mean the retiree will receive $165,000 more on average in pension benefits.

The state enables this problem by significantly subsidizing Illinois’ plethora of school districts, shielding those districts from the costs of their profligate spending decisions like doling out high salaries, extravagant benefits and excessive perks.

The 859 local school districts eat up a significant portion of state revenue. Almost two-thirds of state property tax revenue goes to school districts, and they also account for more than half of the cost of subsidies paid out to local units of government.

What’s more, the state of Illinois pays the employer contribution to teacher pensions with Illinois taxpayer dollars. By agreeing to cover these costs for local school districts, the state of Illinois is using taxpayers to shield local school districts from the full consequences of their contractual agreements with teachers.

Because school districts are leaning on others for the full cost of teachers’ retirements, they are more likely to offer perks like utilizing accumulated sick leave time to enhance pensions.

Illinois state government should stop incentivizing a lack of accountability from local school districts. Instead of increasing taxes even more on already overtaxed Illinoisans, legislators should make structural reforms to our state’s pension systems to end the state’s $130 billion unfunded pension liability heaped on working Illinoisans and end irresponsible perks like the sick leave pension benefit.

TAGS: budget, income tax, pensions, sick days, taxes

Source: Will County News

Why is Lisa Madigan moving to stop State Worker pay?

Published on Feb 3, 2017  Upstream Ideas

Illinois state senators are pushing multibillion dollar tax hikes on struggling Illinoisans as a “solution” to Illinois’ budget woes. But on this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft, Illinois Policy’s Michael Lucci and former state Sen. Steve Rauschenberger explain how the state can’t afford more tax hikes, and why Springfield politicians are misguided for suggesting them. State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, also joins the show to discuss her support for the Illinois Policy Institute’s budget – which reforms spending and doesn’t raise taxes.

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C Mustang Buddies bond during trip to bowling alley

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

For Immediate Release:

Feb. 7, 2017

 

Building meaningful friendships

Mustang Buddies bond during trip to bowling alley

   An after-school trip to Strike and Spare Bowling Center has strengthened the bonds of friendship at Homer Junior High School.

 

Members of the school’s Mustang Buddies group recently gathered at the Lockport bowling alley for an afternoon of fun and friendship.

The group meets regularly, working to establish meaningful friendships between general education students and students with disabilities.

 

“You can tell by the pictures that they all had a blast (at Strike and Spare),” said special education teacher Shannon Gentile.

 

 

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Source: Will County News