I have to admit that I was taken by surprise when I first read the breaking news that some rich parents were busted for bribing their rich white kids into some elite universities. If it was illegal, I thought, for wealthy people to give huge sums of money to clout their kids into elite schools, […]Read More Shameless.
Chi-Arts contract school moved into the shuttered Lafayette building after Rahm closed the old school as part of the single largest closing of neighborhood public schools in the history of the United States. I can still remember the sunny day in 2013 when hundreds of us – parents, students, teachers and others from the Humboldt […]Read More ChiArts contract school teachers mull a strike.
Put aside for a moment the overheated Facebook and Twitter debates among the supporters of Team Toni and Team Lori. I’m kidding, of course, There is no stopping it. But for just one second, let’s talk about an important question about the future of the city that hasn’t received nearly the attention that Nick Sposato’s […]Read More Nobody is talking about the city’s pension debt.
Jane Saks is an artist, organizer, thinker and what some would call a connector. For Jane, democracy is an act of inclusion. Which means that Jane gets involved in putting on an opera based on the the Greek mythological god Pan in Chicago’s Garfield Park on the west side. Except the story changes with each […]Read More Jane Saks stops by Lumpen Radio’s Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Democracy, expanding the canon and an opera in Ramallah.
The story being spread by the Preckwinkle campaign is pretty sad, reflecting poorly on whoever on Team Toni decided it was a good idea to throw mud at Alderman Scott Waguespack, a friend and alderman of my neighboring 32nd ward. In fact, the ward line puts the 32nd across the street. The guy is so well-liked […]Read More Chicago mud.
Stand for Children would oppose a puppy if the puppy was supported by the Chicago Teachers Union. Since Stand for Children first came to Illinois it has had a close relationship with the leaders of the Democratic Party. A poll showing Lori Lightfoot with an overwhelming lead over Toni Preckwinkle has put Stand for Children […]Read More Stand for Children and the Democratic Party regulars. Some history.
State Representative Robert Martwick, who chairs the GA’s pension committee, continues his defense of Illinois’ public pension Tier III. In our exchange, which you can find in the comment section of the Chicago Teachers Union Facebook page, Martwick accuses me of ignorance regarding the state’s teacher pension system and the legislature’s most recent messing with […]Read More State Rep Martwick and TRS Tier III.
Rob Martwick Fred Klonsky a couple of points of clarification that I can offer as the Chair of the Committee on Personnel and Pensions: First, there are some members of the General Assembly who have always voted to protect pensions. Second, Tier 2 benefits are so low that they very well might fail the social security […]Read More State Representative Robert Martwick worries me about pensions.
Chicago. Politics is our favorite sport. It’s only a few days since two African American women, chair of the Cook County Democratic Party and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and attorney Lori Lightfoot, made history by winning the primary in our mayoral election. Last night, Bernie Sanders arrived for his second major […]Read More The polar vortex couldn’t keep the crowds away from Chicago’s Bernie rally.