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Stupid_Dems - Ferguson police officer was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJou
Well! That's a very grown up reply. But you didn't answer why there are no protest in Chicago when a 9-year old black child is executed, not just killed but executed! You have such insight on the black man riddle me that.
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The racist were in Ferguson. If the people in Ferguson were concerned about black men being killed they would have been having marches for months about the killings in Chicago but there were none. Not one. Only when a black criminal was shot by a white cop is there a protest. A 9-year old child is executed and not one protester!! Why not? To my way of thinking that is racist.
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You are the one calling names,"Your comment here is incredibly stupid," your comment not mine. Then you call a Marine who suffers from PTDS a "dumbass for not reading a sign at a confusing border crossing. Where is your respect sir?
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I think another cop hit the murderous cop to help cover up the murder. The same cop who supposedly leaked this BS story, is probably the one who hit him.
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So that sure justifies somebody putting six caps in somebody!

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What Mike Madigan won't say about education spending

4 months, 3 weeks ago Joshua Dwyer | Illinois Policy Institute

Several facts left unsaid during push for "millionaire's tax"

From Joshua Dwyer | Illinois Policy Institute:

When House Speaker Michael Madigan issued a press release about his new tax proposal last week – which levies a 3 percent surcharge on income over $1 million, which Madigan said will provide funding for schools – he highlighted the struggles of districts across the state to balance their books.

Unfortunately, he neglected to mention these real facts about Illinois education spending:

  • Other than in fiscal year 2009, when Illinois received more than $1 billion in K-12 federal stimulus funds, state spending on education has never been higher. State funding, which totaled $9.4 billion in fiscal year 2013, has grown 61 percent – in real terms – since 1993. Spending per student reached an all-time high of $11,842 in 2013 – a 13 percent increase – in real terms – since 1999.
  • A large share of new education funding is going toward pay nonteaching salaries. From 1999-2009, public school staff grew at more than twice the rate of the state’s student population – 27.8 percent versus 14.3 percent. Teaching staff grew at 1.5 times the student population, and administrative and other nonteaching staff grew 2.5 times faster than the student population.
  • The state’s lowest-performing schools have seen a real increase of 24 percent in funding over the last decade, but their performance has stagnated.

Madigan’s message is simple: more money for kids. It’s easy to sell and can be communicated in a single sound byte. But simple messages are simple for a reason – they often hide the facts and the analysis that shows the complete picture. In a state where politicians routinely mislead to get their way, Illinoisans deserve to know the whole story – not the one-sided version that is being sold to them to gain their support.

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