Cook County Idea May Be Worth Exploring
A proposal by Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia would establish a Consensus Revenue Forecasting Commission which would issue regular revenue projections and evaluate any tax proposals. Three of the seven commission members would have to be outside financial experts, including an academic, a Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago economist and someone from the private sector with public finance expertise. Could the idea be expanded for all governmental units and could it include reviewing Tax Increment Financing Districts in Village’s like Oak Lawn?
Big Brother State of Illinois Knows Better?
Oak Lawn’s elementary schools already have a system of reviewing academically gifted students’ work and determining if they should skip a grade or be placed in an accelerated class. Most school districts already have such policies in place. The high achieving students are rarely left behind, it’s the students who need more resources who don’t get any. Despite this fact, the good folks in Springfield, who bring you unbalanced budgets and huge debt, have found the time to pass another mandate on schools requiring all schools to have a board approved policy on the books for the exceptional students. Now, they can turn their attention to the students that aren’t making the grade and do some heavy lifting since they want to interfere with local school boards.
Burke Takes Stand Against NRA
State Representative Kelly Burke has issued a community update to constituents reviewing the work of the current General Assembly. In the email, Burke notes that “She fought to crack down on deadly military style assault rifles, ban bump stock modifications that turn semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic firearms, and hold gun dealers accountable to ensure dangerous criminals and those with a history of mental illness or domestic violence cannot obtain guns.” Thought you should know.
Newman Isn’t Going Any Where
Marie Newman, who scared the bejesus out of Congressman Dan Lipinski in the March primary, does not appear to be going away. Newman issues Facebook posts consistently on a daily basis including discussions about Democrat issues such as guns and fighting the President’s Supreme Court nominee. Lipinski may have his challenger in his sights because she never left. At the same time, Lipinski appears to have become more engaging on social media also and he has shifted to the left.