Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner's recent rants and attacks on education have continued, from trying to justify why he exploited millions from children and classrooms on the east side of Aurora to a flip-flop on how money from a slush fund belongs to elected officials instead of taxpayers to plotting ahead for the scheme to buy the old Waubonsee College campus building in downtown Aurora to bail out Waubonsee and certain school districts at the expense of East Aurora taxpayers.
Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon was in Aurora on Friday to tour the "new" Waubonsee College Campus, that sits on prime riverfront property removed from tax rolls and "donated" to a school with its own separate taxing body that includes communities outside Aurora and only serves a portion of Aurora.
Wait, in Weisner's justification to exploit millions from East Aurora children, didn't he rant about the city shouldn't be helping education that has a separate taxing body and how it wouldn't be "fair" since the facility wouldn't be accessible to ALL of the city?
Waubonsee College, not only got millions in land, but the city then as part of another scheme to bailout the YWCA, spent $7 million of Aurora taxpayer funds to give them parking on what they call a "temporary parking lot" since the Weisner administration was too incompetent to require a parking solution BEFORE approving the new downtown campus.
DuPage County residents of Aurora, who pay significant taxes to fund Weisner's wild spending habits, don't get to use the facility funded by Aurora taxpayers.
While Aurora taxpayers have given millions in land and parking to Waubonsee, the college's separate taxing district includes many communities outside Aurora, who are eligible to use the facility...at Aurora taxpayer's expense, even though not all of Aurora can use it.
So, is this hypocrisy from Weisner?
"It's different" says Carie Ergo, the mayor's spokesgirl who is paid over $160,000 per year to come up with lame excuses for the mayor.
Why would Weisner, who says it's not the city's responsibility to help education when it comes to local schools, selectively help Waubonsee College?
Could it be that as part of the scheme, Waubonsee "coincidentally" chose Cordogan Clark to design and Wegman Construction to build the "new" campus?
Of course, it's just a "coincidence" they are among mayor's top campaign cronies and the mayor's son "coincidentally" got a job with one of them.
It's also just a "coincidence" that Cordogan Clark and Wegman get almost ALL city contracts.
Coincidentally, another of the mayor's top campaign cronies, Ragu Nayak, who owns the Old Copley Hospital as one of the schemes coordinated by Weisner, was arrested by the Feds.
Weisner is very smart, according to himself (coincidentally). In fact, he was so smart on the deal for the new Waubonsee campus, he completely ignored what to do about the old Waubonsee building in downtown Aurora.
No problem as long as the mayor has your money...Weisner wants to bailout Waubonsee from that with the millions he just exploited from the East Aurora children.
What? East Aurora children and taxpayers will be subsidizing the rich Waubonsee College district so the mayor can keep his deal with them?
But, what about how the city isn't supposed to be helping education and how it's not "fair" for Aurora taxpayers to benefit something that isn't available to all?
Oh, that's all different, remember?
But, wait, it gets worse.
How could it get worse?
The old Waubonsee campus building in Aurora is the former Carson Pirie Scott building.
Dan Hites, who owns property in downtown Aurora, points out the city bought the old Carson building and then renovated it, donating it for the purpose of Waubonsee.
Now, the city would buy it twice and Waubonsee would charge Aurora taxpayers for something it got for free?
How does that make sense, Mr. Mayor?
Since Weisner couldn't answer and his spokesgirl ducked under a desk, we asked Waubonsee College President Christine Sobek to explain, but she was busy boasting to Lt. Governor Sheila Simon how the college was able to get a "deal" on the new campus, parking and even has something in the works to unload their old building...saving Waubonsee an estimated $15-20 million they didn't have to spend.
All at the expense of the Aurora taxpayer, thanks to Tom Weisner.
Maybe it's time to invite the College of DuPage to build a campus in Aurora for those DuPage taxpayers that didn't get to benefit from Weisner's wild spending spree on Waubonsee.
Sorry, no special deals for College of DuPage...unless, of course, they would be willing to have it designed and constructed by the mayor's cronies, who make sure the mayor stays in power.