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qfingers - New IL school superintendent says funding fix could take years - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
They seem to be missing the rest of the answer to the last question.... "But teachers don't make nearly as much money as lawyers or football players so I went where the money was...administration".
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Google Street view will show you Brian's home has an attached garage. https://maps.google.com/maps?bav=on.2,or.&bvm...
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April Plan Commission Meeting 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2015 City Council Chambers First Floor City Hall, 730 Maine Street A G E N D A 5. Public hearing requested by Brian C. and Angela E. Terstegge for a Special Permit for a Planned Development to build a 2,450 sq. ft. addition onto an existing 2,800 sq. ft. garage used for personal storage at 6221 Church Hills Rd. Zoned: RU1 Per the agenda for…
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January Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:30 p.m. City Council Chambers First Floor, City Hall 730 Maine Street A G E N D A 3. Brian C. Terstegge requesting variances to reduce the 50-ft. front yard setback and to exceed the 3,600 sq. ft. allowable area of accessory structures on property at 6221 Church Hills Rd. Zoned: RU1 Ward: 5. (Denied on 12-26-14; petitioner’s request…
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For such a nice guy, Mr. Terstegge sure seems to have a lot of people interested in his life and scrutinizing his every move. Seems like people who have no involvement in this and little if any direct knowledge of the issue would be better served by minding their own business.

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Transparency or distraction? Local Illinois governments laugh at state plan for more accountability

2 years, 2 months ago by Benjamin Yount, Illinois Watchdog

New legislation would add local government debt info to an online database

SPRINGFIELD —  It’s hutzpah with a capital H.

Two Illinois lawmakers want to require local governments — school districts, cities, counties, townships, water districts, fire protection districts and the like — to be more open with taxpayers about government debt.

But local governments say anyone in Springfield preaching debt management and transparency has, well, a lot of hutzpah.

“That’s hilarious,” said Decatur City Manager Ryan McCrady. “They want to distract from their problems by shifting focus to us? Fine. But make sure to put my bond rating next to the state’s.”

McCrady says Decatur has a far better bond rating than the state of Illinois, which just saw a credit downgrade because of inaction on its massive pension debt.

New legislation would add local government debt information to the state’s online information portal, force all new legislation to report debt impact and create a local debt review board.

House Republican Leader Tom Cross said he wants to “educate” voters.

“People have a right to know, and should know, what debt is out there,” Cross said Wednesday. “How’s their money spent? Is that tax working? How much are they raising from that tax, and how is it being spent?”

The Illinois Comptroller’s office already collects [3] much of that data.

McCrady said local voters can get that information by going to any meeting of the City Council.

“We have to vote on every expense, and those meetings are all on TV,” McCrady said. “I talk with local taxpayers every day. They know what is going on in their city.”

Jerry Crabtree is associate director of the Township Officials of Illinois, which represents the state’s 1,432 townships in Springfield. He said even tiny local governments stay in touch with taxpayers.

“Townships operate in the community,” Crabtree said. “And elected officials will hear from taxpayers almost 24 hours a day.”

Crabtree says townships, for the most part, are financially secure.

“I find it ironic that the state is picking on a unit of government that pays its bills and does plan for the future,” Crabtree said, noting Illinois’ unpaid bills and massive pension debt.

Since 2008, which marked the advent of tougher lending laws, few local governments have been able to spend wildly on borrowed money.

McCrady said the new lending requirements are the “financial equivalent of a proctology exam.”

Ron Sandack is the former Republican mayor of Downers Grove and the city’s current state representative. He said there may be some local governments with good finances and little debt, but there are hundreds of school districts, more than a thousand townships and countless park districts, fire districts and mosquito abatement districts.

“If you ask your neighbor, I think they distinguish less who levied the tax,” Sandack said. “They just look at the bottom line and say I’m paying more than I was the year before.”

The transparency proposals are, for now, ideas only;  lawmakers have not held a hearing on any of the plans.

Contact Benjamin Youtn at Ben@IllinoisWachdog.org


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