A writer must “know and have an ever-present consciousness that this world is a world of fools and rogues… tormented with envy, consumed with vanity; selfish, false, cruel, cursed with illusions… He should free himself of all doctrines, theories, etiquettes, politics…” —Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?). “The nobility of the writer's occupation lies in resisting oppression, thus in accepting isolation” —Albert Camus (1913-1960). “What are you gonna do” —Bertha Brown (1895-1987).
"The Governor's Budget Book outlines a reduction in the contribution for retired teacher health insurance (TRIP/TRAIL) of $51,244,324"
Today, Governor Pritzker delivered his budget address for fiscal
year 2021. The Governor's Budget Book outlines a reduction in the contribution
for retired teacher health insurance (TRIP/TRAIL) of $51,244,324. At the same
time fully funding health insurance for retired Chicago educators. The funding
model of TRIP/TRAIL is a functional and emulatable model that should be used
when structuring other retiree healthcare programs in the State. The model
works because the program relies on payments from retirees, active teachers,
local school districts and the State of Illinois. Those payments increase
modestly year after year as the overall number of retired teachers and the cost
of health care increases. The Illinois Retired Teachers Association can not
support diverting funding away from the TRIP/TRAIL program to pay for other
programs, like the Community College Retiree or the Chicago Retired Teachers