Education cuts in Illinois -

Education cuts in Illinois

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.

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