The Republicans in Illinois lost in 2012 because the Democrats are the party of the rich. They will again win in 2014 if we don’t take out the big source of their money. That source is the Education labor unions, particularly the Illinois Education Association (IEA), subsidiary of the NEA. These Illinois education unions took $132 million in the year 2010 from the teachers in dues. That’s an average of about $1,000 per teacher.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in the Beck and Hudson decisions that 80% of that money is for political purposes and that the 80% (approximately $100 million) should be returned to the teachers. The unions resist that. Some teachers have succeeded in getting their money back. The National Right to Work organization has 17 lawyers to help us in that effort.
In the last election the Democrats spent nearly $1 million in the Illinois 52nd House District. They lost because we fought back with more money than is usually available to Republicans, $150,000 from Jack Roeser, and because Speaker Madigan’s candidate was obviously radical and not well liked in that area. In other Illinois districts Madigan ran polls all over the State and threw large hunks of those $10 of millions he received from the teachers and overwhelmed the Republicans who had gotten close to victory.
It will happen again in 2014 if we don’t reveal to the voters and to the teachers, what this overly powerful union is doing to education in Illinois.
We have published the “Illinois Pension Scam” book that reveals the excesses in salaries and pensions. Note that the education pension account is about $120 billion in deficit. That’s too large to ever be paid, the pension fund will just go broke, and the teachers won’t get the pension the IEA has promised them. Don’t believe the IEA lies that the Legislature hasn’t made enough payments into the dwindling pension fund; no one could keep up with the rapid growth of excessive payments of salaries which produces high pensions.
The education of our kids is very expensive, averaging $16,000 a year (not including the huge pensions which range up to more than $300,000 for top abusers). That’s $400,000 per class room of the 25 kids for one year.
The K12 education system is horribly managed, due largely to the fact that it is run by the IEA Union.