On M4A, “I’m with Culinary,” Weingarten told me. It turns out, she isn’t listening.

I’m thinking back to 2003 when our little suburban teachers union local went out on strike. It was one of the proudest moments of my working life as a union activist. The issue we walked out over was health insurance costs for the families of district employees. District employees had their insurance paid for as […]

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IEA on retiree benefit cuts. Don’t worry. Be happy.

When JB Pritzker submitted a budget proposal that quietyly eliminated the necessary state subsidy to retired teacher health benefits, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association immediately sent out an email blast. Today, Governor Pritzker delivered his budget address for fiscal year 2021. The Governor’s Budget Book outlines a reduction in the contribution for retired teacher health insurance […]

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A busy week at Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Deb Meier, Monty Neill, Diane Ravitch, Sue Sadlowski Garza, John Heroff and Curtis Black.

The idea was that Hitting Left was going to be a weekly show. But sometimes you have to work overtime, even in retirement. Three shows this week. Veteran democratic educators Debbie Meier and Monty Neill last Friday. Historian and critic of standardized testing, Diane Ravitch on Thursday. Susan Sadlowski Garza, John Heroff and Curtis Black […]

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Pritzker’s budget cuts state payments to retired teacher pension health care benefits. It’s unconstitutional.

JB Pritzker gave his budget address on Wednesday. There is much in it that was good. What he didn’t say in his speech is that he plans to shift – cut – state support for pension benefits in the form of cuts to payments to the health insurance provided to retired teachers. It might be […]

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Blago’s release should remind us that millions remain in jails and prisons in the United States. Vote Kim Foxx.

Former Governor Rod Blagojevich is back home in his north side house this morning, having been pardoned by the Criminal President. I agree with Mayor Lightfoot. “Blagojevich is a real touchstone for a lot of people of what is wrong in Illinois politics,” Lightfoot said, noting that the crimes for which Blagojevich was convicted were […]

Read More Blago’s release should remind us that millions remain in jails and prisons in the United States. Vote Kim Foxx.

Diane Ravitch. Slaying Goliath. Live on Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. February 20th.

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers will be joined by Diane Ravitch, live at a special time, Thursday, February 20 at 1pm. We broadcast at 105.5fm in Chicago and live stream at http://www.lumpenradio.com A shout out to Mario Smith who is sharing his show time so we can have this conversation with Diane about her […]

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There’s a solution to the Illinois pension debt. They keep ignoring it.

Crain’s is back at it again proposing unconstitutional solutions to the Illinois pension liability (cut benefits) and politically untenable ones (tax all retirement income). In a September op-ed, Ralph Martire, head of the non-partisan Center of Tax and Budget Accountability, argues for different and practical solutions: A graduated income tax and reamortization of the the pension […]

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France and a U.S. investment giant are rocked by pension protests.

  Les locaux de #BlackRock pris pour cible Ă  Paris après une intrusion au siège français. pic.twitter.com/F08RiVT7uK — Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) February 10, 2020   Siege underway of the (massive) BlackRock headquarters in Paris. Doors have been chained shut to keep the police out while protestors give offices an extreme makeover.#greve10fevrier pic.twitter.com/WoEhQdNX4X — Trey Sterling […]

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