Friday’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers was broadcast less than a day after the acquittal of three Chicago cops charged with a cover-up – perjury and conspiracy – in the killing of Laquan McDonald by CPD officer Jason Van Dyke four years ago. Roughly six hours later, Van Dyke was given a sentence […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Episode 96. Tom Gradel. Page May. Corruption, the murder and cover-up of the murder of Laquan McDonald.
If you live where I do there are plenty of reasons to hate Lincoln Yards, the billion dollar real estate development planned by Sterling Bay, primarily on the land where a north side steel mill once stood. It’s not ten minutes east of me by car. But there are plenty of reasons for you to […]Read More No Lincoln Yards.
There’s going to be a lot of fixing that will have to be done because of the four years of Bruce Rauner. I posted a wish list of some of those fixings as new year resolutions. The list included ending the private school tax credit. Year two for application to the taxpayer-funded private school scholarship […]Read More JB and the Dems should end the private school tax credit now.
In my post yesterday I noted that Democrat Arne Duncan, Obama’s Secretary of Education, trashed the Los Angeles teacher’s union for striking. Duncan was never a friend of teacher unions even as teacher unions were intensely loyal to Obama and the national Democrats. The corporate education reform agenda dominated Democratic Party education policy during the […]Read More L.A. teachers strike forcing Democrats to take sides.
31,000 teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors are walking in the rain in Los Angeles on strike. The walkout began this morning. At 10 schools, non-teaching employees will take part in a sympathy strike. In addition to salary, a central issue is class size. At Bancoft Junior High School (now Middle School) where I was a […]Read More L.A. teachers are on strike. Arne Duncan is an idiot.
Exclusive to this blog from Kentucky teacher and pension activist Randy Wieck. Here is an update on Kentucky teacher pension: KISS IT GOOD-BYE Kentucky public school teachers were recently told by Governor Matt Bevin, that if the Kentucky Supreme Court rejected recent Senate Bill 151, (known in Kentucky as the Sewage Bill – all mentions […]Read More Here is an update on Kentucky teacher pensions from Randy Wieck: Kiss it good-bye.
If you are like me and go back some years in the Chicago Movement the names Sadlowski and Stamps are not new to you. Tara Stamps is the daughter of the late Marion Stamps who organized the fight for justice for Chicago Housing Authority residents of Cabrini-Green. Susan Sadlowski Garza is the daughter of […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Episode 95. Susan Sadlowski Garza. Tara Stamps. Erika Wozniak Francis. Dianne Daleiden.
Because Chicago is America’s most segregated big city it has always suffered from a lack of democratic processes. Our city has always been the home of the undemocratic Political Machine. It remains so today. Racial segregation and lack of democracy are twins. Nothing epitomized this basic fact more than the regime of Chicago’s first Mayor […]Read More Daley runs against Local School Councils and democracy.
A teacher friend of mine from the suburbs sent me a copy of State Representative Jeanne Ives farewell letter to her constituents. He lives in Ives district. “I have been waiting for this email for six years,” he wrote me. Ives stepped down from her office so she could challenge Bruce Rauner in the gubernatorial […]Read More In Illinois, Democrats rule. But which ones?
In a post of suggested new year’s resolutions for JB and the legislature, I included the governors campaign pledge to get rid of the private school tax credit. The credit allows donors to deduct 75 cents from state income tax payments for every dollar they contribute, up to $1.3 million per tax return filer. The […]Read More Is JB reneging on his campaign promise to dump the private school tax credit. Why is the IEA mum?