On Tuesday night, Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner and 10 city council members voted to extract millions from the children of East Aurora in a shakedown and shell game.
East Aurora School District 131 has an unfortunate track record of cooperating with schemes of the Weisner regime that financially exploit taxpayers.
From the Shodeen project to Bigelow Drive-In Theater fiasco to Copley Hospital to land for the new $145 million police palace to the reverse economic development on the near east side of Aurora, the school district has put politics ahead of children, teachers and taxpayers.
A source at the school district said:
"The mayor knows we are in desperate need of space and he took advantage of the opportunity to shakedown the kids and take $3 million to put in his pocket, which conveniently happens to be about how much he needs to pull off another scheme to help his buddies at Waubonsee College to buy their old campus building after giving millions to the college already that only serves a portion of Aurora."
Alderman Rick Lawrence has pointed out the mayor's inconsistencies on policies and actions when it comes to properties the city gets involved with, but says that just because the mayor wants to take millions from classrooms, that doesn't mean the city should.
One East Aurora taxpayer and parent said:
"Weisner doesn't give a damn about children or education. He's more interested in taking money from kids and making sure these various projects end up with contracts with his cronies. If he were really interested in education, he would have told the Dunham Fund to give the schools millions instead of funding his $20 million stupid park that was supposed to be privately financed."
City spokesgirl Carie Ergo said the mayor doesn't believe he should help the east side or schools because then he would have to help all the school districts.
You mean like how the city gave millions in land and a parking lot to Waubonsee College, that serves only a portion of Aurora yet has a taxing district of many communities?
Ergo said "that's uh, different, I think."
Except for Lawrence, the rest of the Aurora City Council voted for the scheme.
Several residents are now calling for the resignation of Annette Johnson, the head of the school board and Jerome Roberts, for colluding with the mayor's shakedown to exploit children.