The Sunday Times.

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Unionized teachers in 32 of the city’s charter schools voted to merge with the Chicago Teachers Union this week, officials announced Friday.

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I was deeply saddened to hear Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent remarks criticizing efforts to create the first affordable housing for veterans and people with disabilities in Chicago’s Northwest Side neighborhood of Jefferson Park.

Residential segregation in Chicago has never been an accident. The corollary of this bitter truth is that today, intentional efforts by citizens and elected leaders to transcend our city’s segregation will not be free of contention, least of all when the deep fault lines of race and class are touched by a civic discussion. In this ongoing conversation, Emanuel’s recent words that anti-affordable housing activists “need to be heard” functions as an acquittal of racial animus, masquerading as a white-washed call for process.

I commend Ald. John Arena for his leadership and vision. The community process that he implemented was both rigorous and thoughtful. Hundreds of neighborhood residents attended informational meetings and some of them were contentious. What’s right is not always popular, and what’s popular is not always right. Arena is demonstrating both care and leadership for his community. To call for more time and space to honor the tired historic forces seeking to retrench segregation is to dishonor the future we are collectively reaching for.

Fifty-one years ago, around the same time that Martin Luther King Jr. marched for open housing in Marquette Park, a parallel march for open housing occurred in Jefferson Park, equally met with bricks and violence.

King prophesied, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” If this is true, it is made so only through the intentional acts of everyday citizens and courageous elected leaders who take stands where they can especially in their own communities and within the policy-making spheres they can reach — to bend that arc in the direction it must go.

— Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, commissioner, Cook County Board

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Sign the bill

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Twin teenagers Mya and Deanna Cook have been served detention because they wore their hair in braids.  The sophomores attend the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, just outside of Boston, Mass.

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This week’s drawings:

DOGS

CLINTON

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This week’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers:

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