Hope for Illinois Pension Reform

“The U.S. Supreme Court and virtually all state courts have recognized that the police powers of a government to impair contractual obligations for a higher public good, the health, safety and welfare of its citizens and its continued financial survival, cannot be waived, divested, surrendered, or bargained away.”

“Illinois was the last of the four states not permitting public pension reforms. In a series of Illinois Supreme Court decisions in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Illinois stood singularly against any modification of public pension benefits that would diminish or impair benefits of current employees and retirees. == we need to change that! Illinois must reform to remain a functioning state.”

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Universal Pre-K for all. Why now?

Back in 2006, when running for governor, Rod Blagojevich unveiled his plan for Universal pre-K.  While he won the governors race that year, his goal has yet to be realized. Other politicians and the teachers union are still pushing for it.  Recently they did a “study”.  We are now being told that too many of today’s pre-schoolers are not ready to start kindergarten when they should be.

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Rhode Island Supreme Court Shows Illinois The Way On Pension Reform

From Wirepoints, June 12, 2019 “What’s clear is that, contrary to persistent claims by public unions, the Contract Clause and the rest of the United States Constitution do not spell doom for addressing our pension crisis through a constitutional amendment. Rhode Island indicates it would work.”
Read the full article: https://wirepoints.org/rhode-island-supreme-court-shows-illinois-the-way-on-pension-reform/

Harold LOnks for D200

Yes, I am supporting Harold Lonks for Wheaton-Warrenville, CUSD 200 School Board.  He has been attending school board meetings for years. He asks questions and has brought a variety of issues to the board’s attention.  He has helped groups understand how to successfully negotiate with the district when issues arose. He is a very caring and helpful individual who listens well and will keep us informed.

Leave the other two blank.

His Walk Card:

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D200 Candidates’ School Board Comments

 

 I went through the D200 board meeting minutes to see how often each of this year’s candidates has spoken, and on what topics.  I did not check for committee meetings.  Mr. Lonks attends the finance committee and the facilities committee meetings on a regular basis.  As far as I can tell, others do not.  For each entry, regular font is what appears in the minutes, Italics for more detail based on listening to the videos. Links to a few videos are at the bottom of this post.

 

Harold Lonks

Harold has spoken many times over 8+ years at board meetings on a wide variety of topics.

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