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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.

70 comments:

Anonymous said...

In a druken fit Weiser screamed out a bunch on expletives about Johnson overheard by many at th City meeting last evening.

Instead of addressing bad neighborhoods he is screaming about Johnson.

Clearly drunk he never acknowledged the problem at hand and it falls a day later of the school board meeting.

Anonymous said...

For years D131 grade-school kids have been learning to swim at the East High pool. Swimming is an important, life-saving skill that all kids DESERVE to learn. Annette Johnson is right on the mark to urge the Park District to pick up the ball & make its pool facilities available for our children!

Anonymous said...

How does the new bell schedule serve the best interests of EAHS students, especially those who are talented in fine arts?

Anonymous said...

I heard they had to reduce to 6 classes because they don't have enough classrooms. Kids last year sat on the floor.

Anonymous said...

Uh Mexicans all know how to swim - it is genetic - how do you think their parents got here?

Anonymous said...

8:46 a.m., I heard it was about test scores. Longer class periods in core subjects supposedly lead to higher test scores.

That may or may not be true, especially with the best & brightest kids. Hopefully our school board will keep an open mind and re-evaluate the bell schedule after a year or so.

Anonymous said...

It does not matter what happens to District 131. It is a dying school district in a dying state in a dying country.

Do they even speak English at East Aurora anymore? Is the average ACT score still in the low teens?

Stick a fork in 131 and for the city of Aurora. It will go the way of Detroit.

Anonymous said...


11:16 is correct. This last municipal election sealed the fate. Having successfully turned the east side into a welfare dependent section of the city Weisner and the AHA have now started on the north west side, buying up homes for the AHA and putting trash families into neighborhoods that are on the precipice.

Having now destroyed the citizen’s guard in the 4th ward they are working on taking down the 5th ward. There is little cohesiveness in the 5th, unlike the 4th so by the time the citizen’s get what is going on it will be too late due to their lack of internal organization.



Anonymous said...

Weisner has destroyed urora there is no hope, High Property tax rates and high sales tax rates will never stimulate any business growth. As for d131 it is a reflection of the City. He has turned the entire east side into a welfare state with a few fringe areas paying over priced taxes. The Stonegate West retirement community pays over $9500 in taxes with no children attending schools on the East Side. The other communities pay very little but have lost all home value. No chance to refinance they end up moving in additional people with children to pay the mortgage. Now the schools are so overcrowded nobody receives a education.Teachers are so burned out they leave and the bad ones stay.

Put a fork in it is right and say thank you Tom Weisner

Anonymous said...

Just because you do not have kids in a school system does not mean your taxes should be any less. I pay for plenty that I cannot utilize, public employee pensions, Social security, schools, medicare, all kinds of crazy taxes on my phone, electric, gas, medical bills. Its rather funny that those same retirees who are complaining that their taxes are too high because "we do not have kids in school" surely utilized the school system when their kids went to school. How greedy people can be...

Anonymous said...

Speaking of schools, who is going to keep the public monies an the private funds separate and accounted for at the new STEM school at AU? Seems to me that this is a definite violation of separation of church and state. I do not pay taxes to support AU but the west school dist.

Anonymous said...

Over $9000 is alot to pay for any house on the East Side. Weisner has turned East Aurora into a dumping ground of Social Service. On Farnsworth they are now building a free clinic with the VNA. Not one business, restaurant or grocery store. What does anyone have to pay taxes for.

Anonymous said...

beaconnews.suntimes.com/news/20564005-418/administrative-shakeup-at-east-aurora-schools.html

Anonymous said...

Just because you do not have kids in a school system does not mean your taxes should be any less. I pay for plenty that I cannot utilize, public employee pensions, Social security, schools, medicare, all kinds of crazy taxes on my phone, electric, gas, medical bills. Its rather funny that those same retirees who are complaining that their taxes are too high because "we do not have kids in school" surely utilized the school system when their kids went to school. How greedy people can be...

I have no obligation to someone else children or their general welfare.

Anonymous said...

This fucking bull shit mother fucker

Anonymous said...

The stupid welfare mother fucker is back. The guy who lives his life using ZERO tax dollars. He doesn't buy any product with corn or corn syrup (subsidized by tax dollars), he doesn't buy gas (has ethanol which is corn which is subsidized by tax dollars, he doesn't drive on any roads that are not toll roads, he never had a public education, he doesn't use the internet, he doesn't watch TV (except cable) or listen to the radio.

Everybody who uses tax money is on "welfare" according to this stupid mother fucker.

Anonymous said...

Heaven forbid his house catches on fire...he'll be carrying buckets of water from the river instead of calling the (tax-supported) fire department!

Anonymous said...

To 9:59...you are wrong. We all have a moral obligation to others. I don't know how old you are but through you life, people somewhere have helped you get to where you are today. Sorry pal, but you did not do it on your own. Your home, your community are worthless unless you contribute to it. There is way too much greed in this city. The towns surrounding it are beautiful and growing...Aurora is stuck. Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Naperville, far east side of Aurora (which Aurora has never paid any attention to) are booming and here nothing goes on.

Anonymous said...

Mayor you need to resign after attacking a unpaid volunteer whether you like Annette Johnson or not she has fought very hard to change the schools.

You don't like it because residents are questioning your poor decisions and she seems to be leading the charge. lets all get behind Annette what I read in the Beacon News is just plain spiteful.

As far as Waubonsees old building was it not you Mr Mayor who dropped the ball you stated you were nogicaiting it with Waubonsee at your State of the Mayor address.

You are for East Aurora MR Mayor then why did you charge them for a junky building . Could you have not just given it to them

Anonymous said...

Did anybody besides me notice that Ms. Johnson left that angry voice mail on the mayor's HOME phone?

Not only does she have anger management issues, she is very unprofessional.

Anonymous said...

I have no idea what you are talking abut gutter mouth, but your children are not my responsibility. You create them - you should support them.

What that has to do with fire etc is beyond me.

Fire protection is a shared common service - public education is not. It is direct welfare where the causal factor is 100% elective.

Your ignorance is appalling.

Anonymous said...

To 9:59...you are wrong. We all have a moral obligation to others. I don't know how old you are but through you life, people somewhere have helped you get to where you are today. Sorry pal, but you did not do it on your own. Your home, your community are worthless unless you contribute to it. There is way too much greed in this city. The towns surrounding it are beautiful and growing...Aurora is stuck. Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Naperville, far east side of Aurora (which Aurora has never paid any attention to) are booming and here nothing goes on.

No one has an enforceable moral obligation to anyone else.

Anonymous said...

No one has an enforceable moral obligation to anyone else.

Says someone with no morals.

Anonymous said...

Says someone with no morals.

Ha, a thief calling saying some one else has no morals becasue they do not want to surrender their wallet.

Anonymous said...

9:19 what you need to know is 1/2 the people reading this blog are faggots, niggers, teachers, firemen, municipal employees, police officers and fuck heads like John Laesch and Chuck Nelson and Jim Pilmer - all a bunch of worthless welfare tarts who are too lazy and untalented to hack it in the private sector.

Expect for the fags, some of them hold jobs but they are brained damaged due to oxygen deprivation caused by having tubular objects obstructing their windpipe.

Anonymous said...

Weisner and Johnson locked horns over tax increases and look at the length he would go to. Everyone who knows him knows he plays games and has their apartments or liquor licenses fixed if they donate to his campaign.

As far as funding his ill begotten plan for a jobs center was he not the person that was buying the building and leasin a portion to 131. That is what he told the chamber.

Johnson was the only one who spoke up against him in public they are all afraid.

We can only hope the cancer that is growing in this city grows in Weisner and never finishes his term.

Anonymous said...

11:22 - amen. And hope he is buried and not cremated so I can defecate on his grave. A stinking pile of shit for a stinking pile of shit.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe what I am reading today Weisner went to far attacking Johnson. I do know he was in charge of buying the Waubonsee property as reported by Openline and in the State of the City speech better than a year ago. So if the Pathway program did not work it's his fault.

Also taking a tape recording and playing for a reporter shows he is trying to get even for comments Johnson made about the City helping the East Aurora schools with overcrowding. He was attempting to shut her up. I hope Openline gets behind Ms Johnson and reports the facts.

Anonymous said...

that ms johnson was harassed for her comments is no surprise. under this administration that is the aurora way. if you can't buy them or intimidate them hell just harass them till they give in.
the bearded leader has been playing this game all his life. wise up aurora the man is an egotistical bully who belongs in prison along with all his overpaid hacks

Anonymous said...

Weisner cannot handle conflict residents of the East Side are calling about taxes. He will not respond and is blaming Johnson he was been on a drunk binge since Monday night.

Thank you Ms Johnson we should have you in West Aurora.

Anonymous said...

The East Aurora School District had no choice but to pay 3 milllion in a overcrowded district but it is laughable the mayor supports children

Fuck Everybody said...

Some people on that other stupid fucking blog this that this stupid fucking blog is worse because people are allowed to use words like fuck and shit.

Well I say FUCK THE OTHER BLOG. They are fucking stupid.

Anonymous said...

4:49 p.m., anger management issues much??

Anonymous said...

4:49 p.m. is probably Annette.

Fuck off Bitch said...

Both 6:40's are probably stupid fucking bitches.

Anonymous said...

...named Annette.

;)

Anonymous said...

As to taxation for public schools: You can dip into your pocket today and educate the kids or you can wait 15 years and give it to them on the streetcorner at knifepoint.

Anonymous said...

Shut your stupid fucking mouth.

Anonymous said...

Well, when you have a bunch of illiterate Mexicans, it makes no difference how much money is spent on 131. Thank God my children do not go there.

Anonymous said...

Openline time the only news source in Aurora. The bearded one and his gal pal president of the Urban League want to sell the building to East Aurora since it is no longer possible to keep the doors open. Problem is Johnson and Roberts said no so the the Mayor tried to discredit Johnson and Roberts. Things are desparate over their and the Bearded one is to put trying to get his three back room deal board room members to pressure Johnson into resigning.
Remember the bearded ones plan fell apart when Johnson won.

Everyone knows Weisner played a big roll in the election of Strand and Peryea.

More to come documents exist along with email about this please FOIA the city.

Is Rick insane? said...

Well it seems that little has changed, in regards civil debate on this site.

Anonymous said...

Do you really believe that Weisner wrote the letter in Friday's Beacon? Did you ever think that Clayton Muhammad might have written it to settle old scores with his former employer? There has never been an explanation as to a reason why Muhammad took a significant pay cut to leave the school district and take a job with the city. There must be a story there somewhere. If only someone can find it.

Anonymous said...

Public schools faile dlong ago in their duty toeducate. Most of the kids are bad seeds from inferior stock, which is why their parents live in 131 in the first place.


You would be better off jsut saving the money to build prisons in 3rd world countries to hourse those animals.

Anonymous said...

Muhammed left because a grandmother questioned his giving kids rides and having students on Facebook. He returned the district computer a month later with no hard drive. Human Resources got the complaint In early January after events over Christmas. A month later he was gone. I doubt he would attack Johnson or Roberts they never shared the complaint with the board.

Anonymous said...

Openline time the only news source in Aurora

Funny that "the only news source" steals so much material from the Beacon News, Daily Herald, and so many other mainstream media outlets.

Anonymous said...

Ever notice Clayton is never surrounded by a women only young men. At least he does not work with students any longer be thankful

Anonymous said...

Awhile back on the other blog someone wrote about the incident about Clayton also but that one said after he left and went to work for the Mayor he still had keys to the district and broke in and took the computer. You would have to ask why when he left the district they did not make him turn in his keys? Also, if he came in as it was stated after he left then that is theft why didn't they file a police report. Also, who else but someone from the district would know about this it would not be common knowledge. Here again the law was broken and the district did nothing about it.

Anonymous said...

And now Muhammed is leading the charge to spend $150,000 on "branding" for the city. Apparently none of Weisner's many six figure earning "spokes persons", including Ergo, who is making $160,000, including Muhammed, who is making $98.000 as the "Public Information Officer," and also including an entire state funded waste of money called the Aurora Area convention and Tourism Bureau are capable of spinning Aurora into a place worth visiting or even caring about. Now the taxpayers must fund an outside organization to create slogans and lies. This is, of course, doomed, just as every PR campaign has been doomed for the last 20 years. Aurora has shit schools and a terrible business climate. That's the bottom line no matter how they spin it.

Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that after the riff between the Mayor and Johnson and her voice mail about not having time to talk about helping students that won't go to college but have the chance to learn a trade and the Mayors letter to the editor about doing something about this there is an article about a blog in the paper and some board members and a few that ran but didn't win is in the paper. I have read many mean things in earlier posting when Johnson wanted to unseat the then president and when she couldn't they change the terms of the officers to one year. I am not for any mean remarks but as we go through life people will make comments about you whether by gossip or on blogs. This district has a bad reputation on it's own so don't go blaming a blog because of that.

Anonymous said...

The riff between Weisner and Johnson is about residents and overcrowded building he is attempting to discredit her because she speaks the truth. he residents of Aurora need to step up and take notice many have said they are afraid of Weisner now we know why. Wrds at a board meeting all true as reported by the Beacon lead to this. Am sure she did have her house targeted that is the games he plays. He will run Annette Johnson out of town. Am praying for Annette and her courage.

Anonymous said...

12:30 - well the citizens let it happen. They had a chance to seat a number o fpeople independnet of local politics at the last election and they did not. Fcae it the residents here like corruption, lower standards of living and being a welfare community that is leech on the rest of the county, state and nation.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the district should make sure all the students going there are residents. With all the empty homes in the district the head count should go down. I do think that the Mayor needs to do something about all the Section 8's though.

Anonymous said...

The big question of the day, is did Little Tommy pay the Beacon for his full page add and he did pay for it was it his own money or city money?
Just wondering.

Anonymous said...

Weisner has over did it. Johnson is the only one who speaks up for Aurora I guess because nobody has ever had Tommy so angry. Talking with my neighbors today we wish Neil Ormond would grow some and fight for us. why doesn't Weisner attack him Afterall we are broke and we allow students to get raped over on he west side and he is attacking East. Please

Anonymous said...

Johnson is the only one speaking up for Aurora are you kidding me what about Rick Lawernce he has stood up many times. Johnson really doesn't care about the students all she cares about are taxes and the people in the retirement community. We have many older citizens that don't have much money and when the district wanted the referendum the district targeted them and they voted on it and most said it was for the good of the students. These people don't live in $250,000.00 homes they live with a much smaller income and was willing to give. It sounds like Johnson is the only person on the board that cares about the children and we have a Superintendent that just sits back and lets her do his job and when he retires he will be laughing all the way to the bank. The one thing the IL School Code says that is the most important job of a school board is to hire a Superintendent to run the district and this one has let one sit back and let a board president do it. Johnson stated that with the Magnet School overcrowding would be less and I guess that isn't true. Has anyone on this board complained to the city about all the sections 8? Not until now when Johnson wants to get back at him.

Anonymous said...

Well is yo uvoted forNeil Ormond you voted to continue the problem. I fyou support Rydland you are part of the problem. I fyou voted fro O'Connor, Donnell, Bates, Hat-Burns, Garza - you are part of the problem.

Anonymous said...

Who gives a fuck about the children? Really, if you live in district 131 and you have childrren you already proved you are a fuck up. Why should anyone care about they children of a couple of fuck-ups?

Anonymous said...

I don't know Johnson but anyone who can get Weisner that angry must be willing to expose him and that is why he is using the control he has over the Beacon to get he story out about her first.

Anonymous said...

I have no sympathy whatsoever for 131. Overcrowding? Sure, thanks to all the illegal Mexicans that are here. And since Weisner, Quinn and Obama have no desire to deport illegal Mexicans, the overcrowding will continue to get worse as the money supply continues to dwindle.

Sorry but screw 131 and its residents. They brought this upon themselves.

Anonymous said...

Overcrowding simply prepares the children for living in the tight quarters that are their destiny: prison. As such it is appropriate.

Anonymous said...

Hart-Burns is an issue. How many children by how many differnt fathers has this women had? How many kids did she send to public school and how much did she pay in taxes? Oh and her now husband, the public housing king.

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Anonymous said...

beaconnews.suntimes.com/20685211-417/e-aurora-board-seeks-superintendent-search-help.html

Hopefully, the board will NOT choose Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates. Quoting from the Beacon article:

"The Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates team is headed by Marvin Edwards, who served as Elgin U46’s superintendent from 1993 to 2002 and now teaches at Aurora University, where he leads the college of education’s doctoral program"

The former D131 superintendent (before Jerome Roberts), "Serial Bully" Radakovich, is also on the faculty of Aurora University's college of education. Bad idea to have his friend and colleague help choose the next leader of our district!!

Anonymous said...

Special School Board meeting Monday night. The only item on the agenda is discussion of the findings of the educational survey.

Al Kohollick said...

The control that the City of Aurora has over the Chicago Beacon-News is disgusting. I will give the readers another example of this. Last week a jury found an APD Officer guilty of criminal charges after he tasered the husband of a woman who was injured in a car accident. The husband tried to get answers about his wife and was stonewalled by the Officer who proceeded to taser the man. After the incident he decided to lie about the incident so he wouldn't look bad. There was no reason to stonewll the concerned husband, there was no reason to taser the poor man, it is unprofessional and criminal for a LEO to lie about misconduct. Was this story carried in the local paper? If it was I sure as hell did not see it. I heard about it on WBBM-AM radio. I'm surprised Openline hasn't wrote about it. It is another example of a sub-culture that exists at APD where they do as they damn well please and either know or believe that they can get away with it. Assuming the story was not reported by the Beacon( I never saw it), then someone in a position of authority quashed the story. Was it the Mayor or the Chief of Police. It's sad that the people of Aurora don't the full story from the local(?) newspaper.

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