Rep. Pritchard in the Tribune

I have a master’s degree from the University of Illinois.

Am I shocked? No.
Am I surprised? No.
Am I angry? Yes.

Here is the background on admissions practices at the University of Illinois:

This article has quotes from Rep. Bob Pritchard:

as does this article:,0,7230960.story?page=1

Do not miss Senator Chris Lauzen’s role in this.

State Employee Database has compiled a database of State of Illinois employees using information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It includes salaries. It does not include university employees. You can search by agency, by county of residence or both. DeKalb County lists 383 residents who are state employees such as tollway workers, correctional officers, child welfare workers, and agricultural inspectors.

That’s a lot of neighbors who could be affected directly by a “doomsday” state budget. Many–most?–work here, too.

School Transparency Legislation

SB2270 passed the Illinois Senate last month and is now being considered by the House. So far:

Requires school districts to post on their Internet website an itemized salary compensation report for every employee in the district holding an administrative certificate and working in that capacity, including the district superintendent. Sets forth what the salary compensation report must include. Requires the report to be presented at a regular school board meeting, subject to applicable notice requirements, and submitted to the office of the district’s regional superintendent of schools, which shall make copies available to any individual requesting them. With respect to a requirement that a school district post the contract that the school board enters into with an exclusive bargaining representative, requires the school board to provide the terms of that contract online.

Be still my heart.

Sen. Burzynski voted yea (pp. 253-254). Might we expect Rep. Pritchard to support it too? I’ll ask and get back to you. [Update: Yes, he does support it.]