Saturday, Jan 31, 2015
Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Trending on the Journal

Recent Comments

Expatriate - REBEL MEDIA: Everybody\'s doing it - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Absolutely. Imagine the number of highly qualified candidates who didn't want their current employers to know they were looking for a new opportunity. This is stupid. Don't worry Louisiana: next time you need to hire a president for LSU, you'll get a fraction of the the resumes. All from unemployed folks and internals. Because the President of some other school doesn't need you…
TheyRclueless - Schaefer prepares for 7th Ward aldermanic primary - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I don't have a dog in this fight, but it seemed like his answers were pretty much "no answer" answers.
quincymike - Illinois video gambling revenues doubled in 2014 - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Great idea! Gambling is the solution to the revenue issue. If the city could reduce taxes by an equal amount of gained revenue then go for it. What will happen though is that the city will just increase spending till the revenue levels off because because of over market saturation. Every town and county will be doing it. Then guess what will happen. Yep, taxes will go up to make up for some of that…
Bovada Poker - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com - Video poker machines turned on in Illinois
In my opinion, the government needs to wake up and smell where the money's at. Legalizing online gambling can be more beneficial, this video poke machines are great example on how this industry can help.
UrKidsWillPay - REBEL MEDIA: Everybody\'s doing it - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Why is it the public interest to know the names of people who weren't even deemed qualified candidates and dies that public interest exceed the interest of the citizens that applied for some level of privacy? A policy of exposing every name of every applicant does not serve the public interest especially given that it would likely have the result of limiting the pool of applicants due to concerns…

Most Popular

Sheffield steps down at QND basketball coach

Lovelace trial delayed until summer

Police shooting, pursuit in Downtown Hannibal

Yarbrough, Mahair arrested on meth charges

Council tables insurance vote

Updated Illinois public employee compensation, pension reports

Schaefer prepares for 7th Ward aldermanic primary Video

Proposed Illinois legislation would ban powdered alcohol

Why it may be a good thing that Illinois schools won’t get an extra billion dollars

Why it may be a good thing that Illinois schools won’t get an extra billion dollars

1 year ago from Illinois Watchdog

Illinois State Superintendent Chris Koch is asking for an additional $1 billion

It’s been years since Illinois’ 860-plus school districts got what they were promised by state lawmakers. And 2014 looks to be no different.

Still, Illinois State Superintendent Chris Koch is asking for an addition $1 billion in his new budget request.

“We have to anticipate that providing student in Illinois with an education isn’t going to cost less from year to year,” Koch told Illinois Watchdog.

Illinois is spending $6 billion on public schools this year, Koch’s request would push that number to a little more than $7 billion for next year.

But Koch and the state’s schools won’t get that extra $1 billion.

“I would love to,” State Rep. Will Davis, who authors Illinois’ education budget, said. “We’re just not financially in a position to do all of those things.”

Koch said if that’s the case, some schools will close.

“At the end of this school year, we will have 23 percent of our school districts with less than 100 days of cash on hand,” Koch said. “We have 63 percent of our districts are in financial distress, requiring some sort of intervention.”

But that may be what it takes to prove to parents in Illinois that the state itself is in financial distress.

Davis said if schools were to cancel high school football or basketball because the district has run out of money, parents finally will pay attention.

“It certainly shouldn’t have to be up to the athletic program,” Davis said. “But, I guess in some ways you say ‘If that’s what it takes,’ than that’s what it takes.”

Joshua Dwyer, director of education reform at the Illinois Policy Institute, said parents and taxpayers are starting to realize something is not right.

“It is difficult to tell where people’s breaking points are — what is going to be the catalyst that will cause them to demand change?” Dwyer said. “I would argue that they are closer to it now than they’ve ever been.”

Dwyer said a look at the state’s simple budget math shows what is not right.

While Illinois spends $6 billion a year to educate kids, the state spends $7 billion a year to pay for teachers and other public workers to retire.

“(That) shows that the state has its priorities backwards. It is willing to slash everything in order to fulfill its pension obligations,” He said.

Dwyer said it will take moving government workers away from traditional pensions to 401(k)-style retirements plans to make those numbers fall into line.

Davis said it might take a tax increase. And that, too, is certain to grab parents and taxpayers’ attention.


From the Newsroom

QuincyJournal on Twitter

QuincyJournal 10 minutes ago

QPD Blotter for January 31, 2015 http://t.co/FpcxC2yXQF
Bob Gough on Twitter

Bob Gough 50 minutes ago

RT @Matt Lewis: The case for @ScottWalker: He doesn't just win — he wins without caving. http://t.co/QGPmNbb3Jm http://t.co/UkeO5GrkCR
Bob Gough on Twitter

Bob Gough 10 hours, 37 minutes ago

RT @Daniel M. Makarewicz: Hearing that QND and Quincy High will meet in boys' basketball on Dec. 19, 2015 at The Pit
Bob Gough on Twitter

Bob Gough 10 hours, 52 minutes ago

RT @Daniel M. Makarewicz: Final in 2OT: Quincy 72, Rock Island 62. Rocks' 20-game #WB6 winning streak snapped