|Nobody knows what's going on at McCracken |
and the press doesn't even bother to ask
But Skokie's residents are getting used to being kept in the dark by their officialdom, especially when the Skokie Police Department gets involved.
Skokie's police may not be much when it comes to solving crimes, but they've mastered the fine art of stonewalling the public.
Two summers ago, when the Niles Township High School District 219 educrats got their panties in a bunch over some offhanded comment made by an irate 70 year old Morton Grove taxpayer, Skokie cops began wanding citizens as they entered the school board meeting to check for guns.
When a Skokie Patch reporter tried to photograph the oddly, police state like activity, the SPD quite illegally and unconstitutionally threatened him with arrest for doing his job i.e. reporting to the public.
Two years earlier when there was a spate of home burglaries on Skokie's East side, the crack SPD withheld that information from the public and press, saying it would compromise their crack investigation. As a result, homeowners, unaware of the threat, continued to be burglarized at a record pace.
And, of course, a full three weeks after a Niles North 17 year old was gunned down near Church St, the gunman has yet to be found. Skokie Police, as usual, aren't uttering a peep.
So now comes McCracken School Principal, Allison Stein, with the peculiar revelation that there is some kind of "threatening or inappropriate" behavior going on with her charges who use Instagram.
Then Stein, the $133,256 a year educrat, takes the drastic step of shutting the whole place down and calling in the Skokie cops. They, in turn, have called in the feds. Nobody's talking, the somnolent local press isn't even bothering to ask questions, hundreds of family schedules are upset and the whole town remains totally in the dark about it all.
We would argue that Skokie officialdom has been no more forthcoming with its supposedly free citizenry than Walter Ulbricht's East German communists were with their subjects during the 1950s.
But that would be an insult to the relative transparency of Comrade Ulbricht's Stalinist regime.
Below are posted, by name, the latest available teacher and administator salaries for the taxpayer subsidized employees of Skokie School District 73.5, which consists of McCracken Middle School, Middleton Elementary and the Meyer pre school.
They were garnered by the Family Taxpayer's Foundation, which filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to get them.
If you click on an individual employees' name you can get further data, such as teaching specialty, length of employment, education level, etc.
Keep in mind, most of these salaries are for 9 months of work.