Opportunity does not simply exist. It must be forged – inch by inch and day by day. By advancing a policy agenda rooted in economic liberty. By taking risks and making sacrifices. By working harder and longer than those who benefit by embracing our decline. A task this large and this critical to our future requires leadership – everywhere.
As taxpayers, you have no right to see the taxpayer-funded severance package deals of public officials, such as College of DuPage President Robert J. Breuder $726,000 buyout or former Metra CEO Alex Clifford’s $442,000 severance before they are finalized. Sure, Breuder or Clifford could publicly discuss the severance packages. But, public boards cannot be compelled by law to make these severance agreements public if they opt to use a confidentiality clause.
Local and municipal governments are the training and proving ground for independent leaders. They allow new leaders to develop the skills, local support, record on policy, and campaign infrastructure to ultimately hold higher office. Service in local government also provides critical tests of character and principle.