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 […]Read More The Sun-Times editorial board lies. There is no teacher pension ‘spiking.” None of these facts will matter.
Congress passed a bill in 2017 that changed the tax brackets and gave a massive tax break to the rich and the corporations. The main result was that real tax rates for corporations fell by nearly half. It happened right away. There was no four or six year roll-out, ramp or stages. It was like, […]Read More It’s a long roll-out for us. It’s in a snap of the fingers for the rich.
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 […]Read More Chicago’s Fair Workweek ordinance. “Eight hours’ labor, eight hours’ recreation, eight hours’ rest.”
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.
My former (but always will be) colleagues finished the school year last week. Last Wednesday was a records day at my old building. No kids, so I stopped by for lunch an a brief reunion of our ukulele band. I consider this morning the start of my 8th year of retirement. Oh, and Friday I […]Read More Eight years, side jobs and #BelieveWomen.
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, […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers and Chicago Reporters Jackie Serrato and Curtis Black.
Michael Antonucci and I used to meet up at some national meetings of the NEA. Mike would be in the press section – press are barred from being on the convention floor and talking to delegates – so to talk I would have to go over to him. Mike is a libertarian and my take […]Read More The NEA on national strike support and presidential endorsements. No change.
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 […]Read More On Biden and the Hyde amendment. How is there still a Hyde amendment?