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Letter: What about taxpayers' voice on SB1?

State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Joliet, discusses SB 1 with State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, and State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill at The Herald-News in Joliet on Friday, August 4.
State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Joliet, discusses SB 1 with State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, and State Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill at The Herald-News in Joliet on Friday, August 4.

To the Editor:

My school district (Troy 30-C) hosted a community forum regarding SB1, which included four superintendents and five Democratic politicians. 

I am extremely upset that my tax dollars that help pay for Troy 30-C have been used to push an agenda that hurts local taxpayers. If any publicly funded school district wants to have a community forum on something as divisive as SB1, both sides should be at the event so the community could hear both sides of the story. 

Instead, every superintendent there fully supported SB1, because they all know the Democrats would come down hard on them if they don’t. 

Then I read the Joliet Herald-News is hosting a community forum with local ­superintendents present to discuss it. 

That’s like asking baseball players and coaches if a new stadium should be built. 

When do the taxpayers get to have a forum and have it broadcasted on the radio, newspaper or social media? 

I don’t feel like anyone supporting the taxpayers is being allowed to be a part of this discussion. The taxpayers are being dismissed by our local politicians. 

Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Pat McGuire, Natalie Manley and Larry Walsh Jr. act as if they are representing Chicago residents. The superintendents just want to make sure they get as much money as they can. 

While the taxpayers sit on the sideline and keep paying the bill. When do we get our day? When do we get our say?

David Talarico

Joliet

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