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Monday, June 10, 2013
Politicians and cronies backslapped themselves for the "VIP" opening for RiverEdge Park's opening in Aurora for a narrow strip of land on Rt. 25 (Broadway) that will cost taxpayers over $60 million in in the coming years, take out key development parcels out of the tax base for downtown and already diverted TIF funds away from actual economic development.
Despite the thousands in taxpayer funds and resources on a lavish ceremony, it was mostly an echo chamber of the pols, crooks and cronies talking to themselves.
In defense of the political mafia, city spokespeople, all paid over six figures each, said "this was just for VIP's, there will be a bigger crowd when someone like Buddy Guy performs (non-VIP's will be charged admission for that).
However, if you put Buddy Guy on a stage on a street, he would still attract a crowd without spending an extra $60 million, according to viewers.
One observer noted, "I'm not opposed to a park somewhere, but there's no way this should have cost more than a million dollars to build. People are getting rich, taxpayers are getting exploited. That's the Aurora Way."
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Illinois Political Mafia Kingpin Michael Madigan, Daddy of Princess Lisa, Runs and Hides from Public
Note to Aurora viewers: Stephanie Kifowit and Linda Chapa-LaVia, who supposedly represent portions of Aurora, both voted Michael Madigan as Speaker in January.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
East Aurora School District 131 Blasts City of Aurora and Mayor Weisner for Creating Overcrowding, High Taxes and Ripping Off Children
As taxpayers screamed at skyrocketing property tax bills this week, East Aurora School District 131 struck back at the City of Aurora's attempts to blame school districts for the city's massive taxes.
Even without school district, Aurora's city portion of the tax rate is almost three times higher than Naperville, but to distract taxpayers from the wild spending and corruption with city government, so-called Mayor Tom Weisner has tried to shift the blame to school districts.
District 131 board members say schools are victims of bad city policies, reverse economic development and public housing.
In a district that is landlocked with no significant new residential development, enrollment at East Aurora High School is expected have 400 new students next year.
District 131 will fill in the pool at the high school to create and shift space for more classrooms.
"Affluent communities have pools, we have overcrowding" said board member Richard Leonard.
School Board President Annette Johnson said "it's about time the City of Aurora start supporting the East Aurora School District."
She went on to blast the mayor for "ripping off" the school district, forcing them to stuff millions into the mayor's pockets at the expense of children for the new magnet school in a building that was otherwise worthless and should have been provided for free.
However, in fairness to the mayor, Johnson not only failed to stand up and object to the deal at the time, but ignored warnings that she was allowing the district to be exploited by the mayor.
"Annette Johnson was playing nice with the mayor at that time, but then things fizzled later" said a local taxpayers familiar with the backroom deals.
Meanwhile, as the school population soars in a district that should not be having any increase, taxpayers are getting stuck with the bill.
Johnson correctly points out that public housing by Weisner's Slumlords of the Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) have contributed to the problem.
"Alderman Rick Lawrence was successful in getting rid of the Jericho Circle slum after 40 years of chaos, but none of the elected officials on the east side, including the east side aldermen, aldermen-at-large, state reps or mayor have done a damn thing about getting rid of the slums on the east side, even though places like Maple Terrace have been long approved for demolition by HUD" said an east side resident.
"And, the school district is also to blame...they have played along, got along with the mayor on all kinds of stupid schemes from Bigelow to the property for the police palace to the magnet school purchase to Old Copley to reverse economic development.
"We need District 131 board members not just to talk, but to go down to the city council meeting, demand changes and start kicking them in the ass if they don't."
Neither Weisner nor the city's communication director, former East Aurora District 131 spokesman, Clayton Muhammad, could be reached for comment.