Belleville school districts are ripe for consolidation

By Vincent Caruso
06/01/2018
Illinois has more units of local government than any other state in the country, many of which are duplicative and overlapping. In Belleville, where the majority of the city’s school districts cover fewer students than the state average, consolidation efforts could boost efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars.

TAGS: Belleville, Belleville School District 118, Belleville Township School District 201, consolidation, salaries, school district consolidation, St. Clair County, teacher salaries

Illinois needs to end the third-party payer problem for teacher pensions

By Michael Lucci
03/24/2017
Illinois’ teacher pension system is structured to allow local school boards to agree to generous contracts, knowing taxpayers across the state will foot the bill. This system should change so that local school boards cover their own pension costs. That way, they will bear the full cost of salary increases they decide on, rather than pushing much of that cost onto unaware state taxpayers.

TAGS: education, pensions, teacher salaries, TRS: Teachers’ Retirement System