Naperville Now 02-26-18

Governor’s Pension Plan

In his recent budget address, Governor Bruce Rauner spoke of shifting the cost of teacher pensions to the districts. The governor’s plan would shift the cost of teacher pensions to the local districts by an additional 25 percent per year over four years, saving the state $1.3 billion in pension costs. District 204 says the change would mean funding $3.8 million the first year and the full $15.2 million in the fourth year and every year that follows. District 203 has a strong surplus, which would help absorb some of the proposed pension costs. But needs more information to know what the full impact on their budget would be.

Engage 204 Tonight

Tonight District 204 will host its next Engage 204 session – “State of Our Facilities.” The event will include discussion about the maintenance, challenges, and projects in the 35 buildings within District 204. Parents, students, board members, and residents in the district are encouraged to RSVP for the event, which starts at 7 p.m. at Still Middle School.

Loaves & Fishes Chef Showdown

Loaves & Fishes has announced a Naperville Chef Showdown. The inaugural event will feature Chef Danny Gil from Hugo’s Frog Bar and Chef Eddie Sweeney from Catch 35 who will go head to head while creating unique dishes, one using a loaf and another using fish. A mystery ingredient will also be introduced during the competition. This new fundraiser will benefit 4,700 families who come to Loaves & Fishes and will take place on April 11.

Boys State Swim Meet

Evanston High School was the host of the boys state swim meet over the weekend. Naperville was well represented in Saturday’s finals. In the 200 yard Individual Medley, Naperville North’s Horace Qiao and Waubonsie Valley’s Jared Simpson both made the finals, with Qiao finishing sixth and Simpson tapping the wall in third, the best ever state finish for the senior. Qiao also made the finals of the 100 fly, finishing third for the Huskies. Neuqua Valley got a sixth place finish in the 100 freestyle from freshman Connor Boyle and several top six finishes from the school’s relay teams. The Wildcats tied for sixth place as a team, their best state finish since 2010. New Trier edged out defending champ Lyons Township to take home the state championship trophy.

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