Yesterday Senate President Democrat John Cullerton spoke to a group of parents at Coonley elementary school in his Chicago district.
His speech went something like this: “Rauner, Rauner, Rauner, Rauner and Rauner.”
But the parents were having none of it. These were not parents who were Rauner fans. They were simply parents who weren’t buying Cullerton’s excuses.
Much like the parents who have been demanding to know why the powerful Democrat refuses to let the Senate vote on an elected school board for Chicago.
The bill has already passed the House. Cullerton has blocked any vote in the Senate.
He can’t blame that on Bruce Rauner.
Chicago teachers are well aware of Governor Rauner’s role in blocking a state budget and making Chicago teachers and schools a punching bag.
But like Coonley parents, they also know there is plenty of blame to go around.
Tomorrow Wednesday, a CPS furlough day, the Chicago Teachers Union will be shining a light on others who have played a role. They are calling for protests at 8:30 AM at the following downtown locations:
|River Point Plaza
444 W. Lake St.
Northeast corner of Lake and Canal
|Larry Levy has donated thousands to Governor Rauner’s campaigns and his restaurant company has been sued for minimum wage violations in Chicago. He is also helping fund the governor’s campaign to change Illinois voting maps that would weaken the Black and Latino vote. He received $30 million in TIF funds for an unwanted luxury building downtown—money that could have gone to public schools.|
|Griffin is a “close friend” of the mayor. He said his greatest disappointment with Emanuel is that he only closed 50 schools in 2013—stating it should have been more than 100.
Even though the Citadel CEO is the wealthiest man in Illinois, state income tax rollbacks saved him an estimated $16 million in one year. Citadel is among the top hedge funds whose mega-profits are protected by Illinois, requiring no sales tax on high frequency trading. A LaSalle Street Tax (or Financial Transaction Tax) would raise billions of dollars in revenue for Illinois paid by those who can afford it, while slowing down their risky behavior.
Instead of Griffin or his company paying their fair share, Griffin recently spent $500 million of his massive fortune to purchase two paintings which are going on display at the Art Institute. The misguided billionaire is also helping fund Rauner’s campaign to change Illinois voting maps that would weaken Black and Latino vote.
233 S. Wacker
|While David Vitale was president of the Board of Ed, he was also paid hundreds of thousands per year to sit on the board of directors at United Airlines. CTU members and parents asked again and again for Vitale to join us in calling for TIF money to be returned to schools to avoid cuts and closings. Instead of advocating for the schools that he led, he closed them while profiting from a $30 million TIF deal and $10 million in city grants at United.
Vitale was also a chief architect of the toxic swap deals that cost CPS over $500 million in profits taken by big banks for predatory deals. Vitale refused to sue the banks or even ask if they would be willing to give up a dime—instead closing schools and laying off teachers to make the payments. Further, without an elected school board, Vitale was safe to put his banker friends, business reputation and personal financial interests ahead of the school district that he led.
This former Board of Education president is also helping fund Rauner’s campaign to change Illinois voting maps that would weaken Black and Latino vote.
|Board of Education
42 W. Madison
|Demonstrators will call for an Elected School Board and for CPS to end its relationships with banks and toxic swaps and fight for progressive revenue. Parents and educators may take a vote of “no confidence” in CEO Forrest Claypool who has no long-term fiscal strategy to strengthen CPS.|
|Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Chicago City Council
|The CTU will join with citizens calling for an Elected Civilian Police Board in addition to its Elected Representative School Board. Educators will call on the mayor and the City Council to adopt progressive revenue options to fund public schools and to take a moral stand for the city’s more than 300,000 public school students by fighting for revenue, ensuring safe and healthy school buildings, restoring special education cuts, and ending toxic deals and contracts that cripple working families.|