I was born and raised in Illinois. I grew up in Chicago and went to U of I, Champaign. I teach English at Williamsville High School. My wife is also a teacher and our daughter is a senior in high school.
From my standpoint as a teacher, when Bruce Rauner got into office everyone put the brakes on everything because we had no idea what was going to happen. There’s no game plan with him — there’s just uncertainty because we never know if we’re going to have a budget. My school had to spend down our rainy day fund, and we’re at rock bottom now. We’ve got to rebuild, but we’re unsure of the future. When budgeting becomes guess work, it’s a serious problem. Schools have to make cuts, and that hurts students.
Bruce Rauner doesn’t respect teachers, or public education. He thinks his own agenda is more of a priority than the state’s responsibility to fund public education. We need a governor like JB who respects teachers and will prioritize public education so that kids get a good education no matter what zip code they grow up in. To govern a state, you have to care about the problems facing the people who live here, and JB gets it.