It's all over.
After three months of discussion since the veto session started in October and three different bills (with seemingly countless amendments), legislation to extend the economic development area around Sears Holdings Corp. headquarters in Hoffman Estates passed both the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate this week. It goes now to Gov. Pat Quinn to sign, which he has indicated he plans to do.
Except that Community Unit School District 300 said yesterday it isn't over.
You can read more of the Carpentersville-area school district's reaction to the legislation's passage in my article, "Sears EDA bill passes, heads to Quinn to sign." Or watch District 300 Superintendent Michael Bregy's reaction to its passage first in the House in the video below:
I also got a number of reactions yesterday from our readers on both my personal Twitter profile and The Courier-News' Twitter and Facebook profiles. Here's what you had to say:
@MaryFioretti (Mary Fioretti of Algonquin): while our leadership had to compromise, it still is regrettable that D300's portion of the property taxes pay ... $5 million and $350,000 for a legal defense fund. H.E. takes on obligations that they must pay for then runs to the State to ... extend their free ride. Government MUST CHANGE. If D300 had not intervened, this would have been worse. And Em you've ... written about all those things. Very dissappointed (sic) in State leadership allowing property taxes to be stripped from 21K kids posted Tuesday on Twitter
@AliGoebbert (Ali Goebbert of "Chicago area"): A loathsome precedent was just set by the state of IL in the passing of SB397. D300 carries the burden of keeping Sears here. posted Tuesday on Twitter
@katzmeow66 (Kathleen Burley of Algonquin): sad day in Illinois taking education property tax money from children to keep a failing company in Illinois. ... Hoffman Estates will now receive close to $2 million more than they would get if there were NO EDA in place! posted Tuesday on Twitter
More reader reactions, after the jump.
@MichelleT19 (Michelle Terlecki of Algonquin): I just don't even know what to say abt SB397. How does Crespo sleep at night? He will b joining Rob (sic) in the Fed posted Tuesday on Twitter
@Kennicolai (Ken Nicolai of Elgin): who is going to make up the lossed (sic) revenue to educate these kids ? Occupy Sears ? posted Tuesday on Twitter
Ray Slover of Elgin: I think it sucks that a business threatens to leave if they don't get a giant bailout wrapped in a big fat bow paid for by the taxpayers. And every time the state falls for it. posted Tuesday on Facebook
Kevin Sweeney of Elgin: Boo! posted Tuesday on Facebook
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-- Emily McFarlan (@mcemilywrites), Readers' Reporter