Last week, Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, most of the Aurora City Council and the leadership of East Aurora School District 131 colluded to extract millions from children, taxpayers, classrooms and families as part of a shell game and shakedown (see previous story).
The "excuse" Weisner used for not helping the school district and to justify taking money away was based upon a convoluted, hallucination-laced memo written by Weisner himself about how school districts are "separate taxing bodies" and it's not "fair" to benefit one school district at the expense of taxpayers across Aurora.
Leaving aside that he was wrong and contradicted himself with various sweetheart crony deals for Waubonsee Community College, now we learn the City of Aurora this week is ready to give West Aurora School District 129 grants to help acquire property for parking lots.
The grants, about $30,000, would technically be funneled through a 6th Ward slush fund.
West Aurora School District 129 is purchasing four properties near Hill Elementary School that would help provide parking.
For most, the problem isn't that the city would be helping West Aurora.
The problem is that the same city administration just lied to everyone about East Aurora.
Alderman Rick Lawrence, who opposed the attempt to exploit schools and children, said in a statement that he understands helping West Aurora School District 129, but said "it's the opposite from what Tom (Weisner) said about why he couldn't help East Aurora School District 131."
City spokesgirl Carie Ergo, when asked about the flip-flop, said "it's different because well...the money for West Aurora is coming from a ward slush fund and not from the city as a whole."
But, where does the money come from for the ward slush funds?
Ergo said "it comes from the city as a whole."
Weisner ranted last week that it would be "unfair" to help District 131 because then, would the city be expected to help all the school districts?
So, now, does this mean any school district can get assistance or grants for acquiring a property for parking?
Ergo said "it depends."