On April 17, 2009, JS reporter Catherine Schaidle Bonnie Noble and the Peoria Park District combined in a "pull the wool" over a naive and sometime apathetic Peoria citizenry. Schaidle wrote "East Bluff land catches Park District's Eye". This property on Glen Oak Park was to be used to build Glen Oak School.
Had Ms. Schaidle looked a little deeper, she would have found $1.2 million in Republican Rep. Schock's appropriations and stimulus ill for guess what?? Glen Oak Park Open Space Acquisition.
So lets see how this plays out. The badly run #150 School District bought this East Bluff land and houses for approximately $850,000.00 and with the park's permission, planned to tear these houses down and build a school on this public property, also using existing PPD land. The deal fell through when the community rose up in arms and by a 4 to 3 vote, the PPD backed out of what appeared to be a "done deal" between the PPD and #150. These actions and the unauthorized erasure of Executive Tapes by the Executive Secretary; note Administrator Bonnie Noble is Assistant Executive Secretary (Hmmmmm), led to a lawsuit against the PPD by community concerned Karrie Alms and Sara Partridge; a lawsuit that the PPD elected to settle out of court even though Judge Barra found The PPD in violation of the Open Meeting Act.
So now Schock, susposedly acting in the best interests of the public, is getting $1.2million stimulus earmark money to give to the PPD to buy these houses and land back from #150. When the cooperative deal fell through, #150 hired Chinese teachers and housed the Chinese teachers in these homes. #150 no longer offers Chinese classes and kids are back to reading and understanding English.
So Schock, Noble, Hinton and Co. are sticking the taxpayer again. Property taxes were lost when the schools bought the homes, property taxpayers paid to buy these homes through #150, Schock's Earmark will cost the taxpayers another $1.2 million to give to the PPD to buy this boondoggle back to use as open space that the park needs like another hole in administrations heads.
Oh, what wicked webs we weave. Schock, Lahood and Leitch and Co. berate the Democrats for our fiscal problems when the only difference between the two parties when it comes to OPM is that the Democrats tax and spend and the Republicans tax and borrow.
For the 10th time I've blogged on it, wake up Peoria, your top leaders are leading you like sheep into a fantasy la-la land.
Just as a reminder, all this stimulus money and earmark money has to someday be paid back with more taxes. Expect them, they are coming at an accelerated rate.