The unilateral cutting of major sports and activities in Hinsdale High School District 86 is a direct attack on our family values and our children, hurting our property values and benefiting only special interest groups.,This elected board of education and Superintendent Bruce Law are intimidating voters and families using sports and activity cancellations for political purposes, essentially protecting adult jobs (i.e. overstaffing) while damaging our kids’ future.,The district already spends $22,500 per student ($110 million total annually), more than enough money for all sports, all activities and importantly enough for all needed safety improvements.,This current board majority voted in the past two unsustainable teacher’s contracts with zero reforms.,We need reform in the local teachers’ union contract or this intimidation stunt will occur every four years.

Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

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