Happy Mothers Day.

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Downtown Chicago circa 1972. Photo: David Senner. 

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Federal immigration agents showed up at a Queens elementary school looking for a fourth grader — but were turned away at the door, officials said Saturday.

Officers from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had no warrant when they arrived at Public School 58 in Maspeth, Queens, officials said.

“All students, regardless of immigration status, are welcome in NYC public schools, and parents should rest assured that we will do everything on our power to protect students, staff and families,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. NY Daily News

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The Chicago Public Schools is about to write the biggest check in the school district’s history. It owes the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund $715.9 million on June 30.

That looming pension payment has been a main driver of the money problems the school district has been grappling with all year. You’ve almost certainly heard about them.

There’s been budget cut after budget cut. There have been threats of ending school early. There was an unsuccessful lawsuit. There’s still a $129 million hole in the budget. And the state is months behind in paying the school district hundreds of millions of dollars.

The rhetoric continues to heat up in a last-minute scramble for money.

One thing is clear: the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund won’t be getting the full $715.9 million owed to it on June 30. CPS plans to subtract $250 million from that total. WBEZ

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Professor Timuel Black joins us on this week’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers.

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5 Replies to “Happy Mothers Day.”

  1. I’m sure Rahm will be willing to make good on a great deal of the money owed to the City’s pensioners, as long as the City gets it in the form of a high interest loan from a lending institution that is owned or managed by one of Rahm or Rauner’s cronies.

  2. The Republicans have not forgotten mothers throughout our country. I wish we could forget about them, even if for just one day!

  3. Perhaps the new DePaul Arena & adjoining facilities (land, hotels or whatever) can be sold off to investors. Read more:
    chicago.suntimes.com/…/depaul-arena-beautiful-game-changer-or-foolhardy-project/
    After reading this, I don’t think anyone would want to invest in it.
    So…double “foolhardy project.”

  4. Reblogged this on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning" and commented:
    The Chicago Public Schools is about to write the biggest check in the school district’s history. It owes the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund $715.9 million on June 30.

    That looming pension payment has been a main driver of the money problems the school district has been grappling with all year. You’ve almost certainly heard about them.

    There’s been budget cut after budget cut. There have been threats of ending school early. There was an unsuccessful lawsuit. There’s still a $129 million hole in the budget. And the state is months behind in paying the school district hundreds of millions of dollars.

    The rhetoric continues to heat up in a last-minute scramble for money.

    One thing is clear: the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund won’t be getting the full $715.9 million owed to it on June 30. CPS plans to subtract $250 million from that total. WBEZ – read more — https://preaprez.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/happy-mothers-day/

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