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* Firm that lost state contract takes case to capitol

* IIS: Teen drinking, sex offenders

* Last horse slaughterer waging legal battle to stay open

“It’s a black mark on the community. It’s a stigma,” said Gail Vacca, who moved her horse-training business away from DeKalb because she said owners were worried their animals would be stolen and sold to the plant. “DeKalb is a lovely community. It’s horrible they’ve been stigmatized by this nasty industry.”

* Countries where horse meat consumed follow Illinois case

* Constable: We don’t eat horses, but we will slaughter them?

* Opinion: A tougher line on first-time DUIs

* Poshard’s privacy subject of battle

Blakemore said the school routinely releases details about pay and benefits contained in employee contracts, so there is no need to make the documents themselves public. For example, the school says Poshard is paid $300,524 a year. He also receives a housing allowance, pension and benefits worth $84,481 annually, the school says.

* Sun-Times Editorial: Kids spray, parents pay

* Troutman indicted on bribery count; more here and here

* Council delays vote on police standards reform; more here

* Sweeney: Rockford mayor mobilizes residents to get sales-tax bill signed

posted by Paul Richardson
Thursday, Jun 14, 07 @ 7:48 am


  1. The Poshard thing reminds me that, periodically, we get off on the discussion of the disparity between (high school) teacher and administrator salaries. I came across this interesting website that lists this information…a real eye-opener for me.

    Comment by Anonymous Thursday, Jun 14, 07 @ 8:22 am

  2. Perhaps Accudata could have garnered that contract if Illinois were more business friendly.

    On another note, school administrators are paid what the market will bear and what their training and responsibilities warrant. Fewer and fewer people wish to become administrators because of the headaches associated with the job; therefore, the demand is high. In addition, they are ultimately responsible for the entire district, they supervise hundreds of employees, and manage a budget of several millions of dollars.

    Comment by Fan of the Game Thursday, Jun 14, 07 @ 8:33 am

  3. The school Districts have a full panoply of Administrators, Deputies, Assistant Superintendents and technical, addminstartive and business staff.

    Every multi school District also has individual Principals, Assistant Principals, Associates and so on down the line. Most Administrators want to stay in the job, making lateral transfers to other Districts or whitemailing the existing District for raises. District Boards are very complaisant in this matter.

    Comment by Truthful James Thursday, Jun 14, 07 @ 8:48 am

  4. I’m sorry, is there a high demand for people to own horses that’s not being met because they’re being consumed? Why do horses get all this attention, yet we think nothing of eating a burger, or having bacon with our breakfast.

    Comment by Roger Thursday, Jun 14, 07 @ 9:42 am

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