That Proviso Township high schools hired a lobbyist to help bring in new revenue isn’t entirely appealing – but it isn’t necessarily terrible, either.

Easily the best part of the contract with lobbyist Paul Williams is that if Williams doesn’t at least match the $30,000 he’ll be paid within six months, he’s gone. This makes the arrangement a relatively low-risk deal. What’s less attractive is that Illinois is broke, and we mean broke. If there’s any money to be had, it also seems entirely feasible that the district could call Sen. Kim Lightford, the assistant majority leader who attended Proviso East, and have a productive conversation.