Illinois Math Professor Claims Math, Algebra, And Geometry Promote “White Privilege”

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– Professor Claims Math, Algebra, And Geometry Promote “White Privilege”:

A University of Illinois math professor believes that algebra and geometry perpetuate “white privilege” because Greek terms give Caucasians unearned credit for the subject.

But that isn’t the professor’s only complaint. She also believes that evaluations for math proficiency perpetuates discrimination against minority students, if they do worse than their white counterparts.

Rochelle Gutierrez argues in a newly published math education book for teachers that they must be aware of the identity politics surrounding the subject of mathematics.

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The State Of Illinois Is “Past The Point Of No Return”

The State Of Illinois Is “Past The Point Of No Return”:

“The State of Illinois is past the point of no return. It does not have the ability to raise taxes or cut spending to the degree necessary to reduce the annual cost of bond and retiree benefits from 33% to a sustainable level…The insolvency is not the result of too much bonded debt, but rather the government promising retirement and other post-employment benefits that aren’t affordable.

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Why Illinois Is In Trouble – 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Salaries Cost Taxpayers $10B

Why Illinois Is In Trouble – 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000+ Salaries Cost Taxpayers $10B:

Source: Forbes

The ‘Big Dogs’ of local government in Illinois.

Illinois is broke and continues to flirt with junk bond status. But the state’s financial woes aren’t stopping 63,000 government employees from bringing home six-figure salaries and higher.

Whenever we open the books, Illinois is consistently one of the worst offenders. Recently, we found auto pound supervisors in Chicago making $144,453; nurses at state corrections earning up to $254,781; junior college presidents making $465,420; university doctors earning $1.6 million; and 84 small-town “managers” out-earning every U.S. governor.

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Illinois “Budget Deal” Is Likely The Death Knell For The State’s $130 Billion Underfunded Pensions

Illinois “Budget Deal” Is Likely The Death Knell For The State’s $130 Billion Underfunded Pensions:

“The phase-in of the actuarial assumption is another exercise in kicking the can down the road, but we’re not sure how far the can travels.  You pay less now, pay more later.”

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Illinois House Approves Historic 32% Tax Increase, Governor Vows Veto

Illinois House Approves Historic 32% Tax Increase, Governor Vows Veto:

Late on Sunday evening the Illinois House approved the most controversial element of a budget package, a tax hike which will increase the income tax rate by 32% from 3.75% to 4.95%, and the corporate income tax rate from 5.25% to 7%, to try and end a historic budget impasse. The bill passed 72-45.

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“From Horrific To Catastrophic”: Court Ruling Sends Illinois Into Financial Abyss

“From Horrific To Catastrophic”: Court Ruling Sends Illinois Into Financial Abyss:

“Friday’s ruling by the U.S. District Court takes the state’s finances from horrific to catastrophic,” Comptroller Susana Mendoza, a Democrat, said in an emailed statement after the ruling. “Payments to the state’s pension funds; state payroll including legislator pay; General State Aid to schools and payments to local governments will likely have to be cut.”

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‘Amazing Progress’ Illinois Style: Welcome To The Obama Expressway!

‘Amazing Progress’ Illinois Style: Welcome To The Obama Expressway!:

Illinois has been without a budget for two years and its bonds, already the lowest in the nation, face a downgrade to junk… Progress was announced yesterday: By an 84-0 vote, part of I-55 will be renamed the Obama Expressway.

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Illinois Comptroller: “The State Can No Longer Function, We Have Reached A New Phase Of Crisis”

Illinois Comptroller: “The State Can No Longer Function, We Have Reached A New Phase Of Crisis”:

With just 10 days to go until Illinois enters its third year without a budget, resulting in the state’s imminent downgrade to junk status and potentially culminating in a default for the state whose unpaid bills now surpass $15 billion, Democratic Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza issued a warning to Illinois Gov. Rauner and other elected officials on Tuesday, saying in a letter that her office has “very serious concerns” it may no longer be able to guarantee “timely and predictable payments” for some core services.

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Illinois State Official: “We Are In Massive Crisis Mode, This Is Not A False Alarm”

Illinois State Official: “We Are In Massive Crisis Mode, This Is Not A False Alarm”:

“I don’t know what part of ‘We are in massive crisis mode’ the General Assembly and the governor don’t understand. This is not a false alarm” said Illinois comtroller Susana Mendoza, a Chicago Democrat.

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Unable To Pay Bills, Illinois Sends “Dear Contractor” Letter Telling Firms To Halt Road Work On July 1

Unable To Pay Bills, Illinois Sends “Dear Contractor” Letter Telling Firms To Halt Road Work On July 1:

“Illinois is not in danger of becoming a failed state, it is a failed state…”

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“Now The Pain Begins”: S&P, Moodys Cut Illinois To Near Junk, Lowest Ever Rating For A U.S. State

“Now The Pain Begins”: S&P, Moodys Cut Illinois To Near Junk, Lowest Ever Rating For A U.S. State:

“We’re going to start to see some real pain now,” Senate President John Cullerton told reporters in Springfield on Wednesday after both S&P and Moody’s downgraded Illinois to just above junk, the lowest ever rating for a US state. “We’re going to start to see downgrades. We don’t have any funding for schools. We don’t have any funding for higher end and a bunch of social programs.”

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Illinois Democrats In Senate Pass 33% Hike Of Personal And Corporate Income Taxes

Illinois Democrats In Senate Pass 33% Hike Of Personal And Corporate Income Taxes:

Senate Democrats in Illinois are pushing ahead with a new budget proposal that includes a massive personal and corporate income tax hike and an expansion of the state’s sales tax, after saying they are no longer willing to wait for a broader deal with Republicans.  In all, the package is expected to cost Illinois taxpayers an incremental $5 billion.

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Illinois Stiffing Vendors To Fund Budget Deficits – It’s A “Financial Time Bomb”

Illinois Stiffing Vendors To Fund Budget Deficits – It’s A “Financial Time Bomb”:

No other state or business would operate by incurring obligations to its vendors and setting up a third-party payment structure that dramatically inflates the costs of those services.”

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New Study Finds Taxpayers Are Fleeing New York, Illinois and California

New Study Finds Taxpayers Are Fleeing New York, Illinois and California:

A new study, highlighted by the Albany Times Union, indicates that taxpayers are fleeing New York and California though we’re sure it has nothing to do with oppressively high costs of living and/or burdensome tax rates in those states.

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Illinois Governor Furious After Pension Fund Cuts Returns Forecast, Sticking Taxpayers With “Crippling” Tax Hike

Illinois Governor Furious After Pension Fund Cuts Returns Forecast, Sticking Taxpayers With “Crippling” Tax Hike:

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was furious on Friday after unsuccessfully waging a last-minute battle to block the Teacher Retirement System pension fund from cutting its long-term return assumption from 7.5% to 7.0%, a move that puts the cash-strapped state government on the hook for up to $500 millions of dollars more in the short term.

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Illinois Warns Of “Crippling Tax Hikes”, “Devastating Impact” If Largest Pension Fund Admits Reality

Illinois Warns Of “Crippling Tax Hikes”, “Devastating Impact” If Largest Pension Fund Admits Reality:

Action this week by Illinois’ biggest public pension fund to lower its expected rate of return, could “cripple” the state’s already fragile finances, Governor Rauner has warned. “If the (TRS) board were to approve a lower assumed rate of return taxpayers will be automatically and immediately on the hook for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in higher taxes or reduced services… the unforeseen and unknown automatic cost increases would have a devastating impact.

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