Long-time League presenter Ralph Martire recently discussed the Fair Tax at a forum sponsored by the Stevenson Center on Democracy and Roosevelt University. We support an Illinois constitutional amendment that will create a graduated-rate income tax.
In 2018, as legalization of recreational use of marijuana for Illinois and Chicago was first being debated, LWV Chicago agreed to support a study of the issue in cities and states that had already moved for legalization. Our CBD Update series will continue to follow developments as the recreational marijuana market matures.
It’s that time again, time to make the first installment payment on homeowners’ 2020 property tax bills, which accounts for 55% of 2019’s total tax bill. And you may be wondering, just where does the money go?
Elections will be held in April to fill positions on the council for every Chicago public school. As the sole authority for selecting and evaluating the school principal, approving an annual school improvement plan and helping develop and approve the school budget, Local School Councils are VERY important and powerful organizations; yet there is a critical lack of awareness of the LSC’s.
The Chicago Public School System pays an estimated $300 to $700 million per year to support charter schools, yet CPS receives no additional revenue to support them. The expansion of charter schools stretches CPS’ meager budget for traditional schools, making them a factor in the on-going CPS fiscal woes.
Addressing the persistent problem of teacher vacancies in Illinois, Chicago and the rest of the country, Evening Education Committee Chair Clare McGuire reports on efforts to address the issue and a factor that may be overlooked: school culture.