$100K average salary, tiny to no contributions for the best health insurance in the state, summers off, winter and spring vacation, insane style job security and a ginormous state tax payor funded pension plan waiting for them at age 55! Is being a teacher the best job in the country? Might be. With IL schools failing our kids, with public worker pension funds sucking up 65% of the tax dollars, it's LIBERAL INSANITY to pay these teachers like this. No merit pay and little ability to fire teachers. I mean wouldn't it be better to pay teachers less and god sake on MERIT, make them at will employees, have more TAs and tutors and have MORE teachers, than paying less teachers bloated salaries? It's insane, but that is liberalism for you.