Lake County Government Schools: Mismanagement Woes

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Lincolnshire, IL – Adlai Stevenson HSD 125 is plagued not only with outrageous pension burdens, but also with gross mismanagement and corruption, according to Jim Tobin, economist and president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA).

“Stevenson High School, like other Lake County government institutions, gouges taxpayers for outrageous salaries and pensions while completely mismanaging the government employees and students in their charge.”

“Stevenson High School student dean, Paul Weil resigned amid his alleged inappropriate texting with students. A second dean, Nicolas Valenziano had to resign after a video of his racist attack on a student was reported.”

“Students were caught in a pervasive, organized, cheating effort. But that didn’t compare to the wholly inappropriate sexting scandal. Perhaps worst of all, wealthy parents actually gave up custody of their junior or senior students in order to divert student aid from truly deserving students.”

“These government schoolteachers and administrators are rewarded for their inept governance with lavish, outrageous pensions. The Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) is one of the most bloated pension systems in the state. No matter how poorly these bureaucrats perform, taxpayers are on the hook to pay them until their death.”

On average, Illinois government teachers are only employed about 27 years before they are eligible to retire and collect full pensions. The average age of an Illinois teacher at retirement is only 59.

“The TRS is only about 50% funded, and this is what the proposed Pritzker income-theft amendment is all about. Pritzker has placed an amendment on the November 3 ballot to change the state flat-rate income tax to a graduated income tax. If passed, this graduated tax will decimate the state’s middle-class.”

“Between the mass exodus of Illinois residents and businesses to more tax-friendly states and the huge loss of jobs and income from Pritzker’s lockdown, Illinois’ middle-class will virtually disappear. Lake County has lost more than 7,600 residents.”

Here are just a couple of the bloated government pensions at Stevenson High School:

James S. Hintz, Stevenson HSD 125 retiree, has a current annual pension of $306,373. He will collect a stunning $9,271,559 in estimated lifetime pension payments.

Timothy D. Kanold retired from Stevenson HSD 125 and currently collects $274,681 a year from TRS. His estimated lifetime payout is $8,371,466. He had to invest only $278,892 of his own money for that payout.

Click Here to view all top Stevenson HSD 125 pensions.

“Illinois government employees are employed for only 20.1 years on average in order to collect these lavish, gold-plated pensions. And for every dollar they deposit in their own pension fund, taxpayers are forced to fork over $4.74. Add to that a 3% COLA, compounded for all but IMRF, and it doesn’t take a genius to understand why Illinois’ government pensions are insolvent.”

“Rather than put an income theft amendment on the ballot, Pritzker should have pushed for a pension reform amendment,” said Tobin.

Pritzker Funded Group Spends $10,000 On Fake News In Support of Income Theft Amendment


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Chicago- According to Greg Bishop of The Center Square, activists backed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker are spreading fake news in an effort to drum up support for their tax increase amendment.

In the article, the Vote Yes For Fairness group shared a screenshot on Facebook Oct. 9 of a tweet from @Liz_Uihlein. The Uihlein family owns Uline, one of the largest companies in Illinois. Vote Yes For Fairness also paid between $10,000 and $15,000 to promote the fake tweet on Facebook, with a potential reach of more than 1 million people, according to publicly available information from the social media giant.

The fake Twitter account has since been removed for impersonation.

“On behalf of Uline, … the alleged Liz Uihlein Twitter account was a fake account, and that Liz Uihlein has never had a Twitter account,” said Ellie O’Neil, a publicist with Mueller Communications LLC. “After being reported to Twitter, the fake account has been removed by Twitter for impersonation.”

Executive Director of Taxpayers United of America, Matthew Schultz, weighed in on the issue. “This fake news pushed by Pritzker’s minions is a microcosm of their entire referendum push,” said Schultz. “The proponents of this ‘fair tax’ have nothing to stand on. There is no need for an income tax hike, there is only greed. When questioned on their motives, proponents of of tax increase will make up whatever they want in order to win.”

“The truth of the matter is that Illinois is bankrupt because of lavish, overpromised, government employee pensions. The last $5 billion dollar income tax increase all went to fund their Ponzi pension plan, and now these tax thieves are coming back for more. The amendment on the November 3rd ballot is another step on the path to taxing into oblivion the Illinois middle class.

On November 3rd, taxpayers should vote NO on Prtizker’s income theft amendment. No more tax increases, now is the time for reform.

Taxpayers Fight Home Rule Push in Crestwood

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Chicago – Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America’s (TUA), has announced that taxpayers will be fighting Home Rule in the Village of Crestwood.

“In the upcoming November elections, wealthy government bureaucrats want voters to approve Home Rule for their communities,” said Tobin. “Home Rule is a disaster. It gives unlimited taxing authority to local bureaucrats to fund their lavish, gold plated pensions. Illinois is broke, because of an unsustainable pension system. Taxpayers must reject Home Rule on the November 3 ballot.”

Click below to access printable versions of the Crestwood flier.


Tobin emphasizes that Home Rule always means higher taxes. “Home Rule means, literally, unlimited taxing power,” said Tobin. “A home rule municipality can create just about any tax under the sun and raise taxes without limit.”

“I call it ‘Home Ruin.’ Why would anyone want to give up the right to vote on property tax increases?”

“Home Rule removes the cap limiting the amount that bureaucrats can increase property taxes. It gives bureaucrats a blank check. How many government bureaucrats would you trust with a blank check bearing your signature?”