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posted: 3/26/2013 5:00 AM

Pensions 'take from poor, give to rich'

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Jake Griffin's column about the legal corruption at District 211 and other districts was enlightening. I had no idea that pensions were so ridiculously high in District 211.

I think the reason that the pensions got so out of line was that home values went up dramatically from the mid-1990s until 2007. The property tax bills went up even faster and the money poured in. Large raises and pensions were handed out freely without any regard to the possibility that the good times might someday come to an end.

I'm sure Nancy Robb and her employees have no idea of the hardship the enormous tax bills are causing to homeowners and business owners in District 211. The saddest thing is that the pensioners probably don't even need this money, having received enormous salaries for many years prior to retiring. It truly is a case of taking from the poor to give to the rich.

Larry Schuetz

Rolling Meadows

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