Now, Piccioli is trying to take advantage of another loophole! He is suing Illinois to force the state to give him an additional annual teacher's pension, up to $36,000! That is because Piccioli, in 2007, worked as a substitute teacher for (are you sitting down?) one day! That's right, he worked one day as a sub! Now he wants $36,000 on top of his $61,000 he already gets! He says he is only going by the law. Give me a break! Taking advantage of the system is wrong! If you can get away with it, it's still wrong! Piccioli doesn't care about this state or about Illinois taxpayers who are going to pay him for the rest of his life.
Which brings me to my next point. I viewed online, a couple of months ago, the Zion school board meeting in November, concerning the property tax hike. Many business owners and homeowners intelligently and passionately pleaded with the board, asking them not to raise property taxes, but it didn't matter. I could see that the board members' minds were made up before the meeting started. They have an annual budget of 43-45 million dollars, but they either don't know or don't care. Everyone voted for the tax increase, except for one. His name is Tom Handyside. I've never talked to him before, but I can tell you this... I'm voting for him for Board of Education this April 7, and so should you.