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Cloonen: State should not take over Chicago Public Schools

To the Editor:

I wrote a few days ago to share my opposition to a proposed bailout of the Chicago public schools.

On Thursday morning, I read a response by state Rep. Ron Sandack, who defended his bailout legislation. I will again repeat my opposition to bailing out Chicago Public Schools and putting at risk taxpayer dollars. These attempts to draw attention and resources away from the classrooms in our area are simply wrong. We send millions of our tax dollars to Chicago schools every year, and I believe less of our money needs to be going to Chicago, not more. 

Rep. Sandack has never spoken to the taxpayers I represent, so I can excuse him for not realizing that when we hear politicians promise that their proposals “won’t cost taxpayers a dime,” we instinctively guard our wallets. 

The truth is, the approach Rauner and his allies are proposing would put state officials in charge of the Chicago Public Schools while offering no legal assurance that taxpayers in our area will not be on the hook for the Chicago Public Schools’ billion dollar deficit. We cannot afford to bail out Chicago, and I am going to make our voices heard. 

Since Rep. Sandack says he shares my belief that local taxpayers should not be forced to bail out Chicago, I invite him to join me and the people I represent by signing my petition at www.nochicagobailout.com/Cloonen.

Kate Cloonen

D-Kankakee

state representative for the 79th District

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