linktWAUKEGAN – With the Waukegan teachers strike headed for a fourth week, State Senator Terry Link said he’s looking into proposing a state law that would force administrators to go without pay whenever schools shut down because of contract disputes.

Waukegan School District 60 teachers have been on strike since Oct. 2. Negotiations have stalled, resulting in school closures for 17,000 students.

“Perhaps administrators would be more interested in resolving this situation if they had more skin in the game,” said Link, a Waukegan Democrat. “Superintendents shouldn’t collect their salaries for showing up and turning on the lights when the classrooms are empty.”

Link said he has asked Senate staff to look into drafting legislation. His idea would prohibit tax dollars from being used to pay administrative salaries during a teachers strike when educators are going without pay.

Link said Waukegan teachers are among the lowest paid in the state. The administrators are not.

“I think we all want this resolved quickly so our children can get back to learning,” Link said. “I think we could prevent these types of situations if both sides had a financial stake in the process.”

Link said he would like to be able to have legislation ready for the upcoming fall session in November or the spring session, which starts in January.

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