WBEZ | taxpayers http://www.wbez.org/tags/taxpayers Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Report: Educator severances cost millions http://www.wbez.org/story/report-educator-severances-cost-millions-89303 <p><div><p>A published report says severance packages paid&nbsp;to superintendents have cost Illinois taxpayers millions of dollars&nbsp;over the last decade.</p><p>The Chicago Tribune reports that school boards have given out&nbsp;six-figure separation checks, district-paid health care, cash for&nbsp;sick days and even a Mercedes to unwanted of superintendents. The&nbsp;newspaper reviewed more than 100 superintendent contracts,&nbsp;financial records and severance agreements over the last ten years.&nbsp;</p><p>In one case the superintendent of a Cook County school district resigned after a just a year. He left with a $100,000 severance&nbsp;payment and had left a previous Lake County high school earlier,&nbsp;getting more than $30,000 in unused vacation.&nbsp;</p><p>The head of the National School Boards Association says the&nbsp;behind-closed-doors deals raise questions about accountability and&nbsp;fiscal woes.</p></div></p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/report-educator-severances-cost-millions-89303 Cook County taxpayers' stunning share of local debt http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-22/cook-county-taxpayers-stunning-share-local-debt-88181 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-22/Pappas WBEZ.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>It’s no secret that the government's experiencing financial difficulties, but taxpayers in Cook County are learning more about their share of the tab.<br> <br> On Tuesday, <a href="http://www.cookcountytreasurer.com/aboutus.aspx?ntopicid=73" target="_blank">Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas</a> presented <a href="http://www.cookcountytreasurer.com/newsdetail.aspx?ntopicid=434" target="_blank">figures</a> that put local governments’ debt at over $108 billion. Total county debt puts each Chicago household on the hook for a little more than $63,000 on average. To find out more about how things add up, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas.</p><p><em>Music Button: Rocket Empire, "Cruising the Galaxy', from the CD See Me Speak In Color, (Om)</em></p></p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-22/cook-county-taxpayers-stunning-share-local-debt-88181