Marching Band in 2012
Much of the impetus was based on population projections that enrollment in far southwestern Chicago district would double from 5,000 to 10,000. But ten years later only 7,000 students attend Lincoln-Way schools. Now the district will likely close one of its high schools.
Now comes the sleaze part.
From the Chicago Tribune:
State campaign records show the referendum push was largely backed by construction-related companies, the Tribune reported in 2006.An official from each firm, the Tribune reports, was involved with the research on the school-doubling early in the process.
Newly released records show two companies involved with pushing the ballot initiative — Henry Bros. Co. of Hickory Hills and Dahlquist and Lutzow Architects — made more than $41 million combined as part of the referendum.
Henry Bros. made nearly $30 million, while Dahlquist and Lutzow made nearly $12 million, according to the district.
There is another angle to this story. The Illinois economic doldrums brought upon by massive unfunded public employee pension obligations means will see more unfulfilled population growth bombs go off.
In five years there will be significantly fewer students at LW high schools.