Oscar Sunday.



The week’s art.


This week’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers podcast with Marie Newman.





Blog posts.

For Trayvon Martin.

The worst Democrat in the nation.

In West Virginia union teachers are striking in a no-strike, right to work state.

A strike is a strike and then there’s West Virginia.

Charter schools become a debate issue in the Illinois Democratic primary for governor.

Thursday. West Virginia teachers have not cooled off.

The Illinois Education Association is confused (at best) on gun control.

Rauner’s pension cost shift appears dead. As I predicted.

Keeping retirement real. The Democratic primary. Where were these people when we were fighting for our pensions?

Will Oklahoma join West Virginia in a state-wide teachers strike. This is the future eveywhere if the Court rules for Janus.

The week that was.



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This week’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers podcast with Scott Smith, Niketa Brar and Elibeth Greer.





Blog posts:

Zorn sneers at Biss’ change of heart on pensions. But Zorn’s solution to pensions was also unconstitutional.

The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn on public employee pensions: “If these truly are the battle lines, I’m afraid this policy fight’s going to get ugly.”

Congress may roll back parts of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Make a call.

Rauner adopts Madigan plan for pension cost shift to local school boards.

Rauner’s pension cost shift, cuts to retiree health care is unconstitutional and not politically sustainable.

I’m not getting into the gun debate.


This week.

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Rest in peace, Wally Moon. Photo: My Fairfax High School fellow alum, Sam Kane.


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Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Wednesday’s show with Anne Shaw. And Friday’s show with Marijke Stoll, Crystal Laura and Bill Ayers.





Blog posts:

Cook County Commissioner Boykin goes after Karen Lewis. What?

 My students did finger painting. Ka-boom!

Sad news. Three deaths. Trump’s sick opportunism.

The IEA. When electability bites you in the ass.

Parades and windy speeches.

 John Tillman and the scam that is the very profitable non-profit Illinois Policy Institute.

Keeping retirement real. Right wingers, Trump and the need for differentiated blogging.

Thinking about learning styles.

Super bowl Sunday.



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Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers, episode #50. Rabbi Brant Rosen, Jeff Balch and Isaac Brosilow. We remember Chicagoan Eddie Balchowsky, the one-armed piano player and veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade which fought fascism 80 years ago.





Blog posts.

West Chicago teachers vote to strike.

Two constitutional amendments. What would they mean for pensions and revenue?

Teacher union news. Chicago. One city. One union of educators.

The Illinois Dems for Governor. Massive lack of voter enthusiasm. Undecided is still in first place.

In Illinois school funding priorities just aren’t right.

JB on pensions is shameless.

The F.B.I. An American institution.

The Pritzker Family: A truly pathetic display of ME, ME, ME in the Ice Bucket Challenge.


Sunday week in review.


This week’s drawings.

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This week’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers and guest Delia Ramirez.



This week’s tweets.


This week’s blog posts.

The Golden Globes and Ned Young.

Collective action to stop school closings. Contracts matter and a movement.

Illinois’ SB7 may soon be ruled unconstitutional and the story of a little union local that always said no.

More on the ruling of the Seventh Circuit on tenure protection and the implications for SB7.

My suggestion to Daniel Biss: Focus. Focus. Focus.

These union endorsements are bad.

Chicago City Council’s Progressive Caucus forces CPS to finally act on special needs positions.

Keeping retirement real. My grandmother Esther wasn’t from Norway. She was an “Emma.”

Sunday review.

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Last week, with temperatures in Chicago dropping below zero, Logan Square’s homeless had their only shelter and belongs removed from under a viaduct by city crews. Also this week, Logan Square was named one of the nation’s “hottest neighborhoods.”

This week’s drawings.



This week’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers and Brandon Johnson.



This week’s tweets.

This week’s blog posts.

Keeping retirement real. Mom’s kugel recipe.

Chris Kennedy. Welcome to Chicago!

Is “merit pay” the way to go if a study shows “no significant difference?”

Back door vouchers and a tax-payer gift to the Catholic Church.


Janus. It’s not some holiday dystopian movie. It’s teacher unions in 2018 Wisconsin and maybe 2019 for everyone else.


The first winter Sunday.

Candidate Fritz Kaegi on Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Throw Berrios out.

This week’s drawings.



Download Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers podcasts.



This week’s tweets:

The week’s blog posts.

Corporate tax gifts didn’t start with the current GOP bill thanks to Dem friends.

CPS cuts to students with special needs. The continuing cover-up.

Pritzker Family Foundation gets huge returns for their “investment” in Pay for Success social impact bonds. Profits for the reduction of special ed services.

Teachers union endorses Pritzker in spite of his family foundation role in Pay for Success and profiting off special needs push out.

My year in drawings.

Happy holidays, Jeri Shanahan. And I will still take your call.

Retired teachers are killing your puppies! And eating them!

Keeping retirement real. Ed Rosenthal. More Socrates than Robert’s Rules.

Sunday, Sunday.



This week’s drawings.



This week’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers and guest Emma Tai of United Working Families.



This week’s tweets.


The week’s blog posts.

Keeping retirement weird. Remembering the late Gretel Porter on her birthday. “I will never talk down to—or draw down to—children.”

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers episode #44. Emma Tai of United Working Families.

Rauner kills. Nursing homes and veteran homes.

Whenever the fight for democracy reaches a crossroads, look south.

Sun-Times calls for democracy in Chicago. Don’t tell us. Tell Cullerton.

Rauner joins Kennedy in calling for Berrios to resign. But isn’t there an election coming up?

David Axelrod plays his role as hatchet man for Cesspool.


Halloween Sunday. Boo! The blog week in review.

Live from the Heartland radio show.

This week’s drawings.

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This week’s episode of Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers Podcast with film makers Floyd Webb and Peter Kuttner.


This week’s Tweets:




This week’s blog posts.

“States’ rights” was always a euphemism for racism. Rauner’s call for Washington to overturn Illinois’ constitution demonstrates that fact.

Harassment of women in the Springfield legislature.

A win. Judge lifts restraining order on striking Palatine essential ESPs.

Another piece of Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda goes down in flames: Local Right-to-work-for-less laws. Updated: Madigan’s House fails to override Rauner veto.

Best wishes to IEA President Kathi Griffin for a speedy recovery.

Claypool’s friends.

Picking the form of the defined contribution is picking your poison. Working people need a livable, dependable retirement income.

Keeping retirement weird. Springfield memories.

Sunday week in review.

El Yunque rainforest post Maria. Puerto Rico.

This week’s drawings.



This week’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers and guest Barry Romo, Vietnam vet and one of the founders of Vietnam Veterans Against the War.



This week’s blog posts.

Where did I serve?

Puerto Rico’s urgency, the cruelty of Donald Trump and colonial history.

No tax fairness in Illinois. Business gets the EDGE.

Trump refuses to lift the Jones Act restrictions in response to Puerto Rico’s crisis.

Donald Trump loves one Alabama but not the other Alabama. Will national Democrats show their love?

Fund Puerto Rico now.

SCOTUS agrees to hear union fair share case. Scalia rises from the dead.

In the argument for fair share Plainfield District 202 is exhibit A. There is power is their collective voice.

Keeping retirement weird. Declaring war on Puerto Rico.