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Apparently, some in higher education have forgotten that both freedom and peace must be defended. That defense requires the brightest minds and most advanced equipment available. Yet, the socialist Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) of the University of Illinois is urging STEM workers to “take the pledge to refuse employment from all militaries and defense companies.”

The GEO is an organization that went on strike three weeks before the end of semester. The strike yielded these teaching assistants taxpayer-funded pay increases over the next three years of 9.5%, an increase in health coverage costs to 87% from 80%, guaranteed tuition and fee reimbursement, child care assistance, and grievance protection from “micro-aggressions.” 

Of course, these benefits are virtually unheard of in the private sector. It is truly concerning how out-of-touch many in our higher education system seem to be.

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to Springfield today. Session is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the Illinois General Assembly website HERE. You can follow session live all week.  Here are the start times:

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) filed legislation on Tuesday in response to a proposal outlined by economists with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago that Illinois enact a statewide property tax assessment in addition to the property taxes Illinois homeowners already pay.  Specifically, the economists suggest a special property assessment they estimate would be about 1% of actual property value each year for 30 years; leading to an average increase of 40 percent to an Illinois homeowner’s property tax bill. 

Representative Ives’ House Resolution 1072 calls on the Illinois General Assembly to oppose any legislative proposal or initiative that would enact a statewide property tax assessment. An Illinois homeowner living in a home valued at $184,000 (the median home value in the United States) pays approximately $4,300 in annual property taxes. Many Illinois homeowners pay far above that average. Comparatively, a homeowner in Wisconsin pays approximately $3,600; in Michigan, $3,200; in Iowa, $2,800; in Missouri, $1,800; and in Indiana and Kentucky $1,600.
The following testimony and supporting documentation was provided to members of the Cities & Villages Committee on Tuesday, May 8 during a subject matter hearing on HB 5644, legslation introduced and sponsored by Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton:

Chapter 9 bankruptcy option for municipalities
Testimony of Mr. Mark Glennon, Founder and Executive Editor, Wirepoints, Inc.

Is Chapter 9 Bankruptcy the Ultimate Remedy for Financially Distressed Municipalities: Are There Better Resolution Mechanisms?
Testimony of James E. Spiotto, Co-Publisher of

Testimony of the Honorable Scott Eisenhauer, Mayor of Danville

Beyond Harvey: Many Illinois municipalities running out of options
Wirepoints Special Report by Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner