Thursday, February 12, 2009

No more Cahill?

Curious as to how the Budget Committee will work without Guy Cahill, the District's Controller. Do they have full access to all of District 150's financials? Will they be able to rely on administration employees to supply them with information?

In a recent TimesObserver article Mr. Cahill stated "the district has no choice but to make cuts if it hopes to maintain the A+ bond rating it now has from Standard & Poor’s." I don't know a lot about bonds, but I do know you want an A+ rating if you need to finance long term projects (i.e., construction). If this Committee validates the cuts that Superintendent Hinton proposes, what is the window on preservation of the A+ bond rating?

UPDATE: From the Peoria Journal Star - District 150 treasurer reportedly leaving.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

How does Guy Cahill fit in?

From the District 150 Website
Planning and Budget Committee Members

As announced at the February 2 meeting, the Board of Education is establishing a special committee to assist with the school district's budgeting issues. Below is a list of the appointed members to the Planning and Budget Committee:

Mr. Pat Roesler, Chief Financial Officer, G & D. Integrated

Mrs. Lois Boaz, Retired Caterpillar Executive with experience in accounting, business analysis and Six Sigma

Mr. Erik Bush, Chief Financial Officer, Peoria County

Mr. David Underwood, Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer Proctor Hospital

Mr. Charles Randle, President, Illinois Business Financial Services

Dr. Bernie Goitien, Professor of Business Management & Administration at Bradley University

Mr. Ken Casper, Retired Banker

Mr. Larry Williams, Retired Superintendent and Business Manager of Illinois Valley Community School District

The main functions of the committee include:

* develop financial templates for presenting and outlining the district budget; allowing easy assessment and financial impact of proposals, suggestions and changes

* establish a "district finances" section on the district website

* create one-page documents explaining school district financial terms and how these issues impact Peoria Public Schools. Examples include: Title I, Special Education Funding, Corporate and Property Taxes, Public Building Commission Funding and TIF Districts.

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Curious as to how this group works with Guy Cahill, the District's Controller. Do they have full access to all of District 150's financials? Will they be able to rely on administration employees to supply them with information? In a recent TimesObserver article Mr. Cahill stated "the district has no choice but to make cuts if it hopes to maintain the A+ bond rating it now has from Standard & Poor’s." I don't know a lot about bonds, but I do know you want an A+ rating if you need to finance long term projects (i.e., construction). If this Committee validates the cuts that Superintendent Hinton proposes, what is the window on preservation of the A+ bond rating?

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Definition of a gang banger


The Peoria Journal Star reports that Peoria's first homicide of 2009, is 19 year old Mario McGee. The McGee family, very nice, caring people, have had their lives turned up side down. Not only did intruders come into the McGee's home and beat one family member (Mario's mother), they proceeded to kill another (Mario).

Mario was an attractive and hard working young man. He dressed well and cared about his friends. Many in the hood hated him for what he was. What was he you ask? A young man with an adoring family and friends; a young man with a job; a young man who carried himself well.

The Peoria Pundit has pointed to Mario's Myspace page as an indication that he was a gang banger. I went to the page, the Peoria Pundit is wrong. He should take another look.

Mario's messages on his MySpace page are riddled with the "n" word. Now, the average Peoria Pundit reader may not appreciate the way Mario communicated his thoughts, that's their prerogative. However, Mario's words to his friends, who he endearingly called "my n****a" are words of encouragement. There were reports of gang signs on his MySpace page. I must not know what a gang sign is - because I didn't see one.

In reading through Mario's page, in more than one instance Mario is telling his friends to continue to be the best they can be, continue to shine. For example:
" U B ON YO OWN SHIT AND I LIKE DAT ABOUT U! STAY LIKE DAT! CUZ NIGGAS IZ SNAKES OUT HERE 4REAL. U KNOW HOW IT IZ. WE DEN BEEN THRU SHIT TOGETHER! BUT IM JUS SHOWIN SUM LOVE SAYIN I LOVE YOU BRUH AND TO KEEP SHININ ON DEZ FUCK BOYS! MAKE HIM HATE U EVEN MORE DEN DEY ALREADY DO!
Mario even gave the following advice to young men who are jealous of him and his friends because they are not in jail:

"Quit cuffn em den goofy stupids!!!"
He consistently references "(no homo)". It appears to me Mario is outing these young men who are in and out of jail. Further, he appears to be telling his peers to stay out of jail.

Sounds to me like Mario stood for something, something he may have been killed for. Gang banger indeed.