Between 12 and 15 thousand people descended on Springfield, Illinois today to urge legislators to pass a tax increase to save the 17 to 20 thousand educators already notified they're losing their jobs. It will be a tough sell to pass a tax increase in this recession.
Illinois is billions of dollars short in its budget. Then again, Metro was successful in passing a tax increase after people felt the pain of the service cuts last spring. I talked to one of the marchers who was a fourth generation teacher. He said teach is all he'd ever wanted to do, and now he can't do it. He's one of the ones who got a pink slip. Illinois lawmakers have just a few weeks to figure it all out.