Republicans Join Democrats to Betray Illinois Students

You’re asking, aren’t school vouchers a Republican/conservative/libertarian core belief? You’d expect Democrats to kill it — and certainly many did their part — but why would Republicans join in execution?

The usual explanation is tempting.

Leading the House GOP opposition was one Rep. Roger Eddy, a double dipper from downstate Hutsonville. According to a Family Taxpayers Foundation database, Eddy gets $90,000 as a school superintendent, and his wife, Rebecca, a teacher in one of his schools, earns $40,000. That’s in addition to the $68,880 plus per diem he receives as a state legislator. Wait, there’s more. According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, state teachers unions have given him $79,182 over nine years in campaign contributions, including $7,750 from the Chicago Teachers Union. You fill in the blanks about why Chicago teachers would be working for the election of a Republican from a town that’s a four-hour drive away.

Closer to home, GOP Rep. Rosemary Mulligan of Des Plaines, another voucher opponent, has received $91,482 over 17 years from teachers unions. Of course, when she spelled out the reasons for her nay vote on the House floor, she didn’t mention the contributions. In fact, her explanation was so muddled and unpersuasive that I felt embarrassed for her. Stumbling through a web of non sequiturs, she talked about how all kids deserve a public education. Yes, and so? Does that mean they all must be confined to Chicago public schools?

Some other GOP “no” votes and their teachers union contributions: Rich Brauer, Springfield, $11,400; Renee Kosel, Mokena, $119,371; Bill Mitchell, Decatur, $19,830; Jerry Mitchell, Rock Falls, $130,245; Donald Moffitt, Galesburg, $111,125; Sandra Pihos, Glen Ellyn, $5,700; Raymond Poe, Springfield, $55,561; Dennis Reboletti, Addison, $22,250; David Reis, Olney, $7,750; and Chapin Rose, Charleston, $14,602.

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  • Al

    No, it does not violate the First Amendment. Vouchers going to Catholic schools has been ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court. They already do it in Milwaukee.

    I was under the impression that it was illegal for a public employee to even run for state legislature, much less serve in the legislature and be a superintendent at the same time. I am pretty sure that is the case in Wisconsin. Sometimes you can work out a deal where you just take an unpaid leave to run for office so you still have your job if you lose, but you have to quit if you win.

  • Fr. Joe

    Catholic Schools are not something less than the public. They teach the same basic curriculum, but often do a better job because they are smaller and have far greater parental participation. But, unlike the values free education of many public schools they teach a value system which leads to better citizens. Citizens who “do the right thing” not just to stay out of jail, but because they actually desire to honor a higher authority: God and his Son Jesus Christ. Catholic schools provide these better citizens at half the cost of public schools, yet the leftists in government continue to deny this superior education to everyone while many send their own children to private and often Catholic schools.

  • Cindy

    One little question. What does school vouchers really have to do with being Catholic? So you can get the tax payer money funneled into Catholic Schools? Would that be considered by some having something to do with seperation of church and state stuff?

  • Diane

    If you don’t like something that’s going on … think November!



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