The sudden death of Antonin Scalia and the fight over his replacement has put Illinois Senator Mark Kirk on the hot seat. Kirk, a north shore Republican, has always tried to pass as a moderate. That only works because the Rush Limbaugh wing of the GOP gets most of the news coverage. In reality, he […]Read More Random Thoughts. SCOTUS appointment puts Kirk and NEA/IEA on the hot seat.
We learned Friday that the National Education Association and the Illinois Education Association awarded Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk an “A” grade. I expressed my disagreement, of course. As did many of this blog’s readers. A sample: Tim Furman wrote, “Kirk got the “Charter School Champion” award from the charter school lobby in 2014. (Durbin got […]Read More My readers respond to NEA/IEA Mark Kirk love.
– By Walter Esler. Walter is a retired Chicago AFSCME member. A few weeks ago we heard noises outside our front window. I told my wife there was trouble. I was worried about my son, I said. He lives on the first floor. My wife said it was firecrackers. I said I didn’t think so. […]Read More Walter Esler: We don’t count.
John Kass at our Logan Square meeting with Alderman Waguespack. Photos: Fred Klonsky We are spending a week with family in Brooklyn. The weather reports forecast a windchill of minus 30 in Chicago on Thursday. In Brooklyn they talking 40 by the weekend. It ain’t Miami. But we will take it. Meanwhile Rico Gutstein, UIC Professor […]Read More Logan Square to BK: Mayoral Control, John Kass on Waguespack and the Chicago race for mayor in the NY Times.
It was the fifth worst snowfall in Chicago. Ever. Over nineteen inches. The record stands at twenty-four. Actually, the sixteen inches that fell just on Sunday may be the most for a twenty-four hour period We shoveled three times during the storm. I believe it is best to kind of keep up. Like washing dishes as you […]Read More Keeping retirement weird. There has to be a morning after.
. It is 6:30 AM and the digital thermometer on the kitchen counter says minus six degrees. But the coffee is hot and the bowl of oatmeal I just had is filling and warming. Chicago schools are closed for the second day. I spoke with an old friend from my old district in Park Ridge […]Read More There are no safe passage routes when it comes to The Hawk.
A leading independent voice in the Chicago City Council. Alderman Scott Waguespack. It was a night not unlike the one we will have tonight. January in Chicago. Wind chill around 20 below. Hundreds of Logan Square neighbors, parents and students were crowded around the front doors of the Armitage Baptist Church for a hearing on […]Read More Rahm is spending $2 million to go after the Progressive Caucus. Don’t let it happen.
At the Museum of Modern Art yesterday. Just checking in. We are still in Brooklyn visiting with our family. It is nearly new year’s day but the temperature will be over 50 degrees and the sun is shining. Yesterday we took the train to mid-town and went to the Matisse show at the Museum of […]Read More Keeping retirement weird. Chicago cops.
Back when I moved to town Fred Roti was Alderman of the First Ward. And Bernard Stone was Alderman in the 50th Ward. Sort of Council bookends. Roti was the Mob’s alderman. When he died in 1999, 50th Ward Alderman Bernard Stone spoke at his funeral. “Our skyline should say ‘Roti’ on it,” Stone said at […]Read More Alderman Bernie Stone. The Chicago Way.