Changes in the number of staff employed in education institutions as well as their levels of compensation reflect trends in enrollment; changes in the economy; and specific state, local, and national program priorities.
The Civic Federation has long supported legislation aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations in Illinois by consolidating or abolishing redundant and/or anachronistic local governments.
For example, on November 17, 2003, the Federation called on the State to abolish the Suburban Cook County Tuberculosis Sanitarium District.
Class size and student-teacher ratio are very different concepts and cannot be used interchangeably. Over the decade from 2002–03 to 2012–13, in constant dollars, average salaries for public school teachers decreased by 3.2 percent.
The difference between student-teacher ratio and average class size in K–3 is 9 or 10 students (Sharp 2002). Wyoming (15.2%), New York (11.9%), North Dakota (10.1%), and Massachusetts (10.0%) had the largest real increases in salaries during that 10-year period.
On March 29, the Illinois House of Representatives voted almost unanimously in favor of allowing voters to decide on local government consolidation – a crucial component of shrinking local government spending, which drives up property taxes. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, sponsored House Bill 496, which received bipartisan support – more than a dozen representatives... 5 gives Mc Henry and Lake counties the authority to consolidate and dissolve units of local government within their boundaries, a power granted to Du Page County in 2013.