The Sun-Times editorial board lies. There is no teacher pension ‘spiking.” None of these facts will matter.

It was just a few days ago that I posted how Crain’s Greg Hinz and the Chicago Federation’s Larry Msall lied about the cap on teacher’s pensionable raises and a pension spike. But no sooner had I hit the publish button than the Chicago Sun-Times repeats the lie. I thought the Sun-Times was the pro-labor […]

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Chicago’s Fair Workweek ordinance. “Eight hours’ labor, eight hours’ recreation, eight hours’ rest.”

Years ago when I worked at South Works, the collection of steel mills that once sat on the Lake in the 10th Ward, it was a shift work job. That meant every week I could be working either the day shift, the night shift or the overnight shift. It was not uncommon for me to […]

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Did Pritzker really agree to a bill deepening Illinois’ pension hole? Nope. That hole was dug a long time ago and they just keep digging.

Today Crain’s Greg Hinz quotes the Civic Federation’s Larry Msall.  “The state cannot afford to be picking up the cost of increased teachers’ pension benefits when it is already struggling to adequately fund its pensions,” Civic Federation President Laurence Msall told me. What? Is that what happened last week? Did my teacher retirement pension benefits […]

Read More Did Pritzker really agree to a bill deepening Illinois’ pension hole? Nope. That hole was dug a long time ago and they just keep digging.

Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers and Chicago Reporters Jackie Serrato and Curtis Black.

Both Jackie Serrato and Curtis Black are reporters for The Chicago Reporter, which is required reading for any politically engaged Chicagoan. Jackie, who has been covering the Latinx community for about five years for different publications and on social media is working on a piece that traces Chicago politics from the Rainbow Coalition, Fred Hampton, […]

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On Biden and the Hyde amendment. How is there still a Hyde amendment?

The Hyde Amendment is a rider tacked onto appropriations bills that bars the use of federal funds for abortions. It is named for its creator Henry Hyde, a Republican representative from just outside of Chicago. He introduced the measure in 1976 as a means of limiting abortion access after the procedure became legal in 1973. Hyde has been […]

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