ReNew Our Schools Called Today

“Can we count on your vote?” the young man asked.

I don’t know exactly why it turned me off, but it did. Maybe it was the obvious scripting. Maybe it was the fact that it turned up on caller i.d. as “unknown caller” with the number 000-000-0000. I told him I was undecided–whether I am or not–because I really don’t know who was doing the asking.

Update later in the day: OK, now I’m untangling the threads, no thanks to the Chronicle.

A town hall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Egyptian Theatre by the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce. It will feature speakers from both the school district and the ReNew Our Schools Committee. Following the speakers will be a question-and-answer session that will last until all questions from the audience have been addressed, according to a news release from the chamber of commerce.

Does it sound like the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and the ReNew Our Schools Committee are separate? They’re not. ReNew Our Schools is a PAC in the care of Mark Kerman, who serves on the Chamber’s board of directors. Notice that District 428 Superintendant Paul Beilfuss is a board member, as is Daily Chronicle publisher Jon Pfeifer. It does not strike me as being particularly honest to pretend that ReNew Our Schools is some sort of grassroots effort when it is a CoC project.

3 thoughts on “ReNew Our Schools Called Today”

  1. And I don’t mean to be petty, but the meeting on Monday bumped an important tech rehearsal for The Sound of Music. I know they’re not allowed to use a government building for the meeting, but still–makes me wonder if they’re bullying the teachers and staff this time around, too.

  2. I received the same phone call. I told the man that I was not required to answer his question about the referendum and I tried to stay as polite as possible. The unknown number thing makes me wonder if someone wasted some extra money to use a special political dialing system instead of volunteers like in other non-profits who are willing to use their own phones and thus spend their own money for a cause in which they believe strongly.

    I cannot think of any other non-governmental (i.e. no NIU either) venue where the number of people who might show up equals what the Egyptian can hold.

  3. I hope the PAC files its reports electronically so we can see who is contributing. As it is, they won’t file anything until the first quarter ends, which is after the election.

    No doubt you are right about capacity. I wonder how many people will show up. Seems like many have made up their minds already.

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