School District 300 Discusses A 1.5% Property Tax Increase

from First Electric Newspaper

The D300 Board of Education Monday reviewed the District’s tentative 2014-15 school year budget which calls for a slim $53,000 more revenue than $213 million worth of expenses.  Critical to taxpayers, the document assumes a 1.5 percent increase for the District’s next property tax levy.

Chief Financial Officer Susan Harkin told the Board there’s more uncertainty to the budget than usual thanks to the state of the State’s finances and as yet undecided Supreme and local court cases.  “It’s hard to build a budget when you have such unpredictable funding,” she said.

“We don’t have the luxury the State has to pass a six-month budget, huh?” replied Board Member Kathleen Burley.

The Board’s expected to formally approve the tentative budget Aug. 11 with a public hearing and final vote planned for Sept. 22.

College of DuPage President Helps Quinn Electioneer in Quid Pro Quo

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For the Good of Illinois has broken a bombshell story where the President of the College of DuPage offers Quinn votes in the upcoming election if Quinn will give him $20 million in construction grants.

“I needed to identify a project that would help release our state funding. My idea: a Teaching and Learning Center. Several Board members want to weigh in on the need for such a facility. I have  no problem with that; however, not being able to say how we would use the state’s money (perhaps no real need) could lessen our chances to break the money loose at this time  (the political moon is rising).”

“When I introduce Governor Quinn at commencement, I want to help our cause (getting the $20 million released sooner rather than later) by thanking him for his commitment in front of 3,500 people. There are many voters in our District. Please keep November 4 in mind.”