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  • Moreno relents, will allow Chick-fil-A

    09/19/2012 8:32:31 AM PDT · by Tex-Con-Man · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 19, 2012 | Hal Dardick
    Chicago alderman who made national headlines during the summer for opposing a Chick-fil-A in his increasingly trendy Northwest Side ward has reversed course, saying he will let the fast-food chain open a store in Logan Square. Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st, said the restaurant has agreed to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in an internal document and promised that its not-for-profit arm would not contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage. Though Moreno said he scored a "big win," the company made nearly identical pledges in a July 19 Facebook post that went up even...
  • Confirmed: Mafia Towns Have Dirty Politicians

    09/18/2012 1:50:45 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/18/12 | Friends of Ours
    The four areas where organized crime reigns in America -- New York City, Dirty Jersey, Chicagoland and South Florida -- also account for the lion's share of corruption convictions by federal prosecutors against local officials as reported by Joe Palazzolo for The Wall Street Journal Law Blog. The U.S. Department of Justice has released the number of corruption convictions its prosecutors have won against public servants over the last ten years across the 93 federal judicial districts into which the country is divided, and at the top of the list is New Jersey with 429 convictions. Third on the list...
  • Chicago Teachers Union strike ends

    09/18/2012 4:00:55 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 18, 2012 | Daniel Strauss
    The Chicago Teachers Union voted to end its strike Tuesday, concluding an episode that put President Obama in a bind between siding with a major labor union in his hometown and Rahm Emanuel, his former chief of staff and the current mayor of Chicago. The strike's end means at least 350,000 students who had not been attending Chicago public schools for a week will return to the classroom. The end of the strike came Tuesday afternoon after the Teachers Union's House of Delegates voted to end the dispute and accept a contract offered by the city. Even before the union...
  • Chicago Teachers Union delegates vote to end strike

    09/18/2012 3:31:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 18, 2012 | Mary Wisniewski
    (Reuters) - Chicago Teachers Union delegates voted on Tuesday to suspend their strike, several delegates said as they departed a meeting of union leaders. The decision ends a confrontation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over reform of the third largest U.S. school district.
  • Would be Car Bomber Adel Daoud Was an Occupy and Obama Supporter

    09/18/2012 8:01:28 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 7 replies
    Riehl World News ^ | September 18, 2012 | Anonymous
    The FBI has charged an 18-year-old man for allegedly trying to detonate a car bomb outside a Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Investigators have identified the suspect as Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from of Hillside, Ill., a Chicago suburb. An Adel Daoud of Hillside, IL has a page at adel daoud hillside, IL. Daoud Adel’s “Impact” rating is : 25 Actions 4 Recruits. His actions involve the following: Obama for America 1 Action 0 Recruits Constance Ruff with Advancement Project 1 Action 0 Recruits StudentsFirst 1 Action 0 Recruits Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee 1 Action 0 Recruits...
  • How the Chicago Teacher Union Strike Affects Michigan

    09/18/2012 5:19:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/17/2012 | Jack Spencer
    Chicago teachers want 16 percent raises and are fighting accountability benchmarks. The 26,000-member Chicago Teachers Union went on strike Monday, leaving nearly 400,000 students in the lurch. Teacher strikes are illegal in Michigan, but they have happened in the past, most recently when Detroit Public Schools teachers walked out on students in 2006. Paul Kersey, director of workforce policy at the Illinois Policy Institute, works at an office so close to where the striking Chicago teachers are marching that he said he could hear the protesters outside his window. Kersey, who formerly was director of labor policy at the Mackinac...
  • Authorities: Parolee charged in slaying of woman at Whitehall Hotel

    09/17/2012 9:46:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jeremy Gorner
    A parolee has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with last month’s fatal shooting of an alleged prostitute at a Gold Coast hotel, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. Lamarcus Washington, 28, of Chicago had already been in custody for violating his parole on a 2008 drug conviction, since being questioned about the Aug. 13 slaying of 22-year-old Brianna Gardner, authorities said.
  • Man is Accused of a Jihadist Plot to Blow up a Bar in Chicago

    09/17/2012 3:58:49 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 15, 2012 | Michael Schwirtz, et al.
    An 18-year-old suburban Chicago man, who the authorities say was enamored with Osama bin Laden and intent on killing Americans, has been arrested after attempting to detonate what he thought was a car bomb outside a Chicago bar, officials said Saturday. Mr. Daoud, a United States citizen who lives in Hillside, Ill., on the outskirts of Chicago, has been under surveillance for months, and in multiple conversations with agents expressed a desire to kill on a mass scale as revenge for what he believed was the persecution of Muslims by the United States, according to court papers. In one conversation...
  • Defense Attorney Says Teenager Accused in Bomb Plot "Immature"

    09/17/2012 3:17:07 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 21 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 17, 2012 | Kim Janssen
    During a brief appearance Monday, a boyish-faced Daoud wore leg shackles, an orange jumpsuit and a scruffy, unkempt beard and Afro-style hair. He’s accused of trying to blow up a bar and liquor store using a car bomb placed in the back of a Jeep Grand Cherokee Friday night. Though federal authorities haven’t identified the bar, the co-owner of Cal’s at 400 S. Wells, Mike Feirstein said Sunday that he believes his family’s bar was the target. A federal complaint alleges (Abel)Daoud pressed a “detonator” that he believed would explode the car bomb, killing dozens. Daoud — who worshipped at...
  • Jesse Jackson To Teachers: 'We've Lost More Children In Chicago Than In Libya, Iraq And Afghanistan'

    09/17/2012 2:17:52 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 11 replies ^ | 2012 09 17 | Unattributed
    Jesse Jackson at Saturday's rally for striking Chicago school teachers
  • No Lesson Plans For Chicago Students This Week

    09/17/2012 8:53:39 AM PDT · by 92nina · 17 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2012-09-13 | Tom Fletcher
    As the Chicago Teacher’s strike enters its fourth day, those on the picket line are insisting that they would rather be back in the classroom, and only want a “fair” deal. Chicago teachers are already well compensated, to the tune of $71,000 a year, and were offered a 16% salary raise before they initiated the strike on Monday morning. Teacher’s balked at this counter proposal and proclaimed, “[w]e’re not going back to work unless we have a fair contract.” That’s quite a statement when, according to the Illinois Policy Institute, the average starting pension for Chicago teachers is $77,496. Chicago...
  • Chicago Strike Shows Why we Need School Choice

    09/17/2012 1:10:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | September 17, 2012 | Star Parker
    It says something about today’s public education reality that the two sides in the teachers’ union dispute in Chicago are the union and the mayor. Allegedly the point of schools is to educate children. But which side in this dispute has sole interest in children and their parents? The answer, of course, is neither side. Unions are about the economic interests of the teachers. The mayor is about his budget and the economic interests of the city. No one solely represents the interests of the kids. It’s not to say that the union or the mayor has no interest in...
  • Mortgage cops taking tough stance (Chicago)

    09/16/2012 2:21:59 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 41 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9-13-12 | Lew Sichelman
    Strategic defaulters, beware. The feds are coming for you. And they are not happy. Not the FBI. The Office of the Inspector General at the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The OIG may not have the same fearsome "G-man" reputation as its better-known counterparts at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but it is every bit as much a law enforcement agency, with the same powers to search, seize and arrest. Special OIG agents are even authorized to carry firearms. The OIG's mission is to seek administrative sanctions, civil recoveries and criminal prosecutions against anyone who abuses the FHFA's programs. And it...
  • Prominent Members of Chicago Black Community: Those closest to Obama know there's no 2nd term

    09/15/2012 8:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | September 13, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    I’m just back from a delightful trip down to a little sandwich shop on the Southside of Chicago where prominent members of the black community enjoy lunch served up with a side of political gossip. I relish the occasions I get invited to these little meetings and never know who’ll be sitting at the table with me but love the jerk chicken combo with extra “bodacious sauce”. In a corner over by a colorful mural celebrating the roaring-twenties and jazz I got an earful about the black community’s feeling about both the Obamas and their abandonment of Chicago for the...
  • Jihad Teen Arrested for Plotting to Blow Up Chicago Bar

    09/15/2012 6:11:47 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 28 replies
    A Chicago teen was arrested in Chicago for trying to blow up a bar with a car bomb. News 9 reported: Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be extremists provided him with a phony car bomb. The U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Chicago announced the arrest Saturday and said the device was inert and...
  • Feds: U.S. teen held in 'jihad' terrorist bomb attempt at Chicago bar

    09/15/2012 5:13:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 15, 2012 | Liam Ford
    Adel Daoud, 18, of Hillside, was arrested Friday night when he tried to blow up what he thought was a car bomb in front of a downtown bar after undercover federal agents supplied him with a Jeep fitted with fake explosives, prosecutors announced today.
  • Muslim Teen Charged for Attempted Chicago Bombing

    09/15/2012 3:26:40 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies ^ | 9/15/12 | JASON KEYSER/ap
    Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be extremists provided him with a phony car bomb. ~~SNIP~~ In May, two undercover FBI employees contacted Daoud in response to the material and exchanged several electronic messages with him in which he expressed an interest in
  • "Caliphate Conference" Seeks to Islamize Europe, U.S.

    02/21/2012 10:07:15 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Stonegate Institute ^ | February 21, 2012 | Soeren Kern
    The explicit aim of the Istanbul Process -- currently backed by the Obama administration -- is to make it an international crime to criticize Islam. A Muslim fundamentalist group is organizing a conference focused on turning Austria and other European countries into Islamic states. The "Caliphate Conference 2012" will be held on March 10 in the Austrian town of Vösendorf, situated just south of Vienna. The main theme of the event will be "The Caliphate: The State Model of the Future." The conference is being organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir [Party of Liberation], a pan-Islamic extremist group that seeks to establish...
  • 8 wounded, 3 dead in city shootings

    09/15/2012 8:23:04 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 15, 2012 | Peter Nickeas
    A couple dozen people stood silent outside police tape in Humboldt Park early Saturday morning as West Side police guarding a crime scene stood expressionless on the other side. Residents of the neighborhood tucked their hands inside hoodie sleeves to keep warm. Police put theirs behind duty vests. About three houses down from the tape, 26-year-old Jerrell Butler lay dead in a gangway, shot while standing on a sidwalk with his 32-year-old cousin, who was also wounded.
  • Che Guevara in Chicago

    09/15/2012 5:30:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | September 15, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    You just knew Che Guevara would show up as an icon of the union demonstrators in Chicago. Why? Well, let’s consider the factors in this demonstration by union-educators who were mostly educated by other union-educators. *Che Guevara outlawed trade unions. Then-- at Soviet gun-point-- he herded all recalcitrant Cuban union-members into forced-labor camps and sent their rebellious union-leaders to the firing squad. * The union members clamoring for more union privileges in Chicago while wearing t-shirts hailing this murderous Stalinist union-buster and hailing him as a “role model” are mostly products of America’s public schools-- and keen to continue the...
  • Socialist revolutionaries, Che Guevara part of Chicago teachers strike

    09/15/2012 5:37:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | 9/11/12 | Joe Newby
    Socialist revolutionaries, Che Guevara part of Chicago teachers strikeJoe Newby September 11, 2012 On Monday, teachers in Chicago went on strike, but a post at EAG News says the strike looks more like a rally for socialist revolution complete with Che Guevara t-shirts and anarchist flags as "a supportive collection of political radicals" joined the teachers on the picket lines. **SNIP** According to one flag-bearing protester, the banner represented "revolutionary unionism,” which, according to a post at the International Workers Association, "aims to unite all workers in combative economic organizations, that fight to free themselves from the double yoke of...
  • Mayor's Reputation Tarnished in Teachers Union Dust-up

    09/15/2012 5:25:01 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 15, 2012 | Kristen Mack, et al.
    The measure of who won and lost in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's showdown with the Chicago Teachers Union won't be clear until the details of the new contract emerge, but last week's strike took some of the luster off the mayor's self-portrait as an innovative leader brimming with new ways to solve the city's most vexing challenges. The long, stressful path to getting a contract in place offered a glimpse that Emanuel perhaps is not as multidimensional as he tries to appear. Repeatedly, the mayor turned to one tool: the attack. That singular approach contributed to the first teachers strike in...
  • Teachers Appear to be the Winner

    09/14/2012 1:35:29 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 36 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 14, 2012 | Mark Brown
    If the point of going on strike is to get a better deal than you would have received without it, then the Chicago Teachers Union is already a pretty clear winner this week in its confrontation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his school board. If the point of going on strike is to give voice to the frustrations of your members and to allow them to vent their anger, then you’d have to say the CTU was a runaway winner on that front as well. And if the point of going on strike is to let your employer know you’re...
  • Lessons that Rahm Emanuel Can Learn from Teacher Strike

    09/14/2012 1:29:20 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 6 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 14, 2012 | Fran Spielman
    Instead of ridiculing striking teachers for complaining about sweltering schools without air-conditioning, what if Mayor Rahm Emanuel had put his formidable fund-raising skills to work to persuade corporate donors to bankroll school air-conditioners? Instead of raising the strike threshold and offering cash bounties to entice individual schools to immediately implement his longer school day, what if Emanuel had worked with the Chicago Teachers Union to structure the longer day? Now that the teachers strike appears to be winding down, there are lessons to be learned for Chicago’s rookie mayor. Timing is everything. Drop the sarcasm. Don’t over-reach. You’re not as...
  • Wanted: 1 goat herder, 30 goats at O’Hare Int’l Airport (Chicago)

    09/14/2012 10:01:06 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    WFLD FOX Chicago ^ | September 13, 2012 | Dane Placko
    ...Fox Chicago has learned the Chicago Department of Aviation recently put out a bid looking for someone to supply goats to graze on the grass and brush at O'Hare. It also calls for a goat herder...
  • Chicago Black Community Confirm: those closest to Obama know there is no second term coming

    09/14/2012 9:15:09 AM PDT · by Mortrey · 60 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | September 13, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    "* No — black people are not going to riot when Barack Obama loses. Black people have pretty much given up on this guy, mainly because of the fact he didn’t deliver on his promises to them but also a lot of them see that he’s gay and don’t like that and also don’t like the gay marriage “stuff” he was “talking about a lot this year”.
  • Why Chicago Teachers Hate Rahm: How the Teachers Union Got to the Point of a Strike

    09/13/2012 9:12:48 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 46 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | September 12, 2012 | Ben Jorvasky
    Having spent the better part of a week asking teachers why they'd risk a public backlash by going on strike, I've concluded that the answer is best summed up by what one told me at their Labor Day rally: "Mayor Emanuel's pushed us to the limit. He's the world's biggest asshole." Actually, I think he may have dropped the F-bomb once—or twice. But I'm trying to clean things up since this is a family newspaper, dammit! But here's the bottom line: so much of this fight is fueled by the animosity of thousands of teachers toward one man. Emanuel increased...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup - The GEICO 400 at ChicagoLand - Sept. 16, 2012 - 1pm ET ESPN

    09/13/2012 8:08:09 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 80 replies ^ | 9/13/12
    Let the Chase for the 2012 trophy begin! It's ChicagoLand first up .. don your flak vests and extra absorbent Depends and get ready to boogie!!! AS always , this race thread is dedicated to those who serve and have served our flag and nation, many giving the ultimate sacrifice. Godspeed.
  • Chicago’s government-run health care is almost as horrible as its government-run schools

    09/13/2012 6:41:20 PM PDT · by grundle · 3 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 13, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Chicago’s government-run health care is almost as horrible as its government-run schools This article from CBS is a great example of the mindset of the people who run the city of Chicago.Chicago set up a government run health care clinic inside a garbage truck garage. Only after the media reported on it did the government decide it was a bad idea.The mindset that says it’s a good idea to run a health care clinic in such a filthy environment, is the same mindset that is in charge of running Chicago’s public schools.CBS reports:clinic that had been...
  • Watch Chicago for signs of public-worker union strength

    09/13/2012 7:05:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 9/13/12 | Jon Ortiz
    Watch Chicago. A strike by teachers there demonstrates public sector unions' struggle to find their footing in an era when even their friends are turning on them. "I don't think it's hard to see footprints" between the Windy City and events elsewhere, said Bob Bruno, a labor expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Writ large, this is another of these stories about collective bargaining in the public sector under siege. It's been unfolding since 2010." About 26,000 Chicago teachers went on strike this week over everything from pay and how much student test scores should count toward teachers'...
  • It’s time for a little give and take (LIBERAL "COLUMNIST" CONFUSED ABOUT WHO TO MARK BROWNNOSE)

    09/13/2012 7:36:29 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Sep 13, 2012 | Mark Brown
    As a union member from a union family whose grandfather was shot and wounded by company goons in a railroad strike, my sympathies are with the teachers in their walkout against the Chicago Public Schools. That doesn’t mean I agree with them on every point of conflict in their battle with school officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but I tend to at least see their point of view. In the first place, I fully support their decision to go on strike, although I sure wish they hadn’t. The mayor can stand up every day and say the strike was unnecessary...
  • Wag the Dog???

    09/13/2012 7:30:36 AM PDT · by EQAndyBuzz · 14 replies
    Vanity | 9/13/12 | EqAndyBuzz
    Has anyone noticed something about Chicago?
  • Who feeds these bums?

    09/13/2012 6:14:53 AM PDT · by Glennb51 · 10 replies
    From an email
    Recieved the following in an email Who feeds these bums? you guys will dig this.....and you certainly won't hear it on the local commie news channels..... Big teachers strike going on in chicago. All the troglodytes that took the easy road in college and spent more time dancin on the bar than doing homework got together and demanded stupid ridiculous raises, immunities, and 'no penalty for horrible performance' clauses. In other words, all these former sorrority chicks and 'campus social activists' got together, took some days off and hit up the malls downtown to get their new Iphones. My favorite...
  • The anti-dissing strike

    09/13/2012 3:52:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-12-12 | Neal McCluskey
    Let’s get one thing straight: the Chicago Teachers Union strike isn’t about what’s best for kids, no matter how much unionists insist it is. It is ultimately about bruised egos, and staying unaccountable. That reality is made clear by the regular refrain of Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, of which the CTU is an affiliate. As she wrote in this morning’s USA Today, “no one wants to strike … this strike comes on the heels of numerous steps that left teachers feeling disrespected.” That teachers have been the victims of brutal dissing has been the...
  • In Chicago, Rahm Emanuel is in a showdown against teachers (“The unions cannot strike...”)

    09/12/2012 10:29:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/12/12 | Peter Slevin
    In Chicago, Rahm Emanuel is in a showdown against teachersBy Peter Slevin, Published: September 12 The Washington Post CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel is not big on ambiguity. He was thrilled, a few days before he took office last year, when the Illinois House voted 112 to 1 for a school improvement package that, among other things, made it harder for teachers unions to call strikes. A “historic day of opportunity for kids in the city of Chicago,” he said after the vote. Rank-and-file teachers were less pleased, particularly when an Emanuel ally boasted, “The unions cannot strike in Chicago.” **SNIP**...
  • Beware of Backfire - Striking Chicago teachers may turn Illinois into Wisconsin.

    09/12/2012 12:59:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 66 replies
    City Journal ^ | 11 September 2012 | Christian Schneider
    If Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has spent the last 18 months painting a portrait of public-employee unions as intransigent and selfish, the Chicago Teachers Union this week provided him with confirmation. On Monday, 25,000 Chicago teachers (average salary: $76,000 before benefits) walked out of their classrooms, leaving nearly 350,000 schoolchildren and their parents in the lurch. The teachers are fighting to protect their lavish pay and benefit packages and also trying to stave off a new accountability plan that would evaluate their effectiveness using studentsÂ’ test scores. The Chicago strike serves as a counterpoint to events in Wisconsin after WalkerÂ’s...
  • Chicago teacher strike is about the kids ("It's for the children")

    09/12/2012 2:11:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Progressive ^ | September 12, 2012 | Theresa Moran
    Chicago teachers aren’t striking because of pay. They are walking picket lines because they’re sick of so-called education reforms that don’t address the real problems in the schools and instead emphasize privatization and rote testing. Teachers point out shocking disparities in Chicago’s education system, particularly the lack of resources in schools serving low-income black and Latino students. About 80 percent of Chicago students receive free and reduced lunch. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sends his kids to a private school with three libraries and seven art teachers. But half of Chicago public schools don’t have full-time art and music teachers, 98...
  • Former Univ. of Chicago law school dean: Obama was never offered tenure

    09/12/2012 8:08:36 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    A longtime professor and one-time dean of the University of Chicago Law School told The Daily Caller that Barack Obama was never offered tenure, despite the assertions of a New York Times reporter who covers the president and the first family. “Other faculty members dreamed of tenured positions; [Obama] turned them down,” wrote Times White House Correspondent Jodi Kantor, author of “The Obamas,” in a July 30, 2008 profile of the president’s twelve years as a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. And yet, according to longtime University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein, Obama was never actually...
  • Chicago Teachers’ Strike – Why Public Employees Should Never Be Unionized

    09/12/2012 6:39:26 AM PDT · by Guido2012 · 7 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 9/12/12 | Tony Caruso
    Let’s leave aside for a moment the issues over which the Chicago teachers are striking, and assume that they have a legitimate beef (I know it’s a stretch, but work with me here). The larger issue is whether these teachers should be allowed to strike or even be unionized in the first place. Taxpayers are fed up with the double whammy of high unemployment in the private sector, and relatively full employment in the public sector, thanks to the taxes paid by those dwindling numbers of private workers.
  • Chicago Public School Kids Would Need Vouchers to Attend "Unreal Schools"

    09/12/2012 6:25:11 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 10 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 12, 2012 | John Kass
    When Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis led her members out on strike this week, she said, "Negotiations have been intense but productive. However, we have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike. Real school will not be open (Monday)." Since real school wasn't open, I was compelled to visit an unreal school. A South Side school where 100 percent of the students graduate are accepted to college. A Roman Catholic all-boys school that draws from poor and working-class neighborhoods, a school where there are no cops or metal detectors, no gang recruitment, no fear. An...
  • Che-cago Teachers Union Uses Idle Students as Props in Strike

    09/12/2012 4:58:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | September 12, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    On the first day of the Chicago Teachers Union strike, the union had the gall to use student protesters as props in its fight for bigger raises and better benefits, but less accountability. See video here. Not surprisingly, at least some of the student protesters had no idea why they were there or what they were protesting. These kids simply look up to their teachers and assume they are right about everything, and the union is willing to exploit their naiveté for its own purposes. One student, when asked what his sign meant, replied that he didn't know and...
  • "A" Is for Agitation: Radical Chicago Teachers on Parade

    09/12/2012 1:10:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | September 12, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis walks, talks and barks like a rootsy Occupy Wall Street activist. But this Big Labor loudmouth who's leading the abandonment of nearly 400,000 schoolchildren in the Windy City is just another power-grabbing union fat cat. Instead of academic excellence, she rails about "social justice." Instead of accountability, she fumes about "profits" and curses merit pay. Lewis has marched with the Occu-clowns denouncing capitalism and promoting "socialism (as) the alternative." She raves: "Occupy Wall Street and the whole concept of the 99 percent is an extraordinarily important movement." And she earned praise as a "fist-in-the-air,...
  • Strike day two– Chicago teachers party in the streets (Update — Video added)

    09/11/2012 11:02:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 11, 2012 | Anne Sorock
    The Chicago Teachers Union continued its second day of the strike by celebrating in a party-like atmosphere with kids, festive music, and a giant fuzzy elmo doll. They may be anticipating a long strike: according to CTU President Karen Lewis, the idea that a contract will be settled by the end of Tuesday “is lunacy.” I traveled downtown to view the protest. The “L” train was packed with young teachers in red t-shirts, smiling and laughing about the strike. One teacher commented that all they were doing at his high school to provide for students was “plopping in The Hunger...
  • Chicago Mayor Emanuel Does Not Like Nickelback, Spokesperson Says (Teachers Union Poster)

    09/11/2012 5:19:29 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 39 replies
    NPR ^ | 9-11-2012 | Eyder Peralta
    via TwitterA sign seen during a protest by the Chicago Teachers Union.The strike going on in Chicago is serious: 350,000 students are locked out and we brought you the news in a post from this morning.We'll get back to real news in a little. First, here's a bit of levity:There is a picture from the picket lines on Monday that had Daniel Strauss, who tweeted it, saying, "Civility has disappeared in Chicago Teachers Union protests."The sign was written in all caps: "RAHM EMANUEL LIKES NICKELBACK."Nickelback, if you're not of that persuasion, is a popular Canadian rock band, which is not...
  • Diary of a Striking Teacher

    09/11/2012 2:49:31 PM PDT · by ibytoohi · 10 replies
    Politica Ethica ^ | 09/11/2012 | An anonymous teacher
    CFMPL is pleased to present the thoughts of a striking teacher from the City of Chicago. We have requested the teacher to publish these thoughts anonymously so that this educator could feel 100% free to equally balance out both sides of the story as it impacts the teacher. This is neither an endorsement nor a condemnation of the strike, but it is presented for the reader to get a little insight into the teacher’s perspective on this issue. So the strike has started out very interestingly this morning. To paraphrase from the opening of A Tale of Two Cities, it’s...
  • Busted: Chicago Teacher’s Union Caught Using Kids at Strike Protest (Video)

    09/11/2012 11:32:44 AM PDT · by grundle · 30 replies
    The Getaway Pundit ^ | September 22, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Chicago teachers went on strike today for the first time in 25 years. 400,000 students and their families were affected. Teachers in Chicago are the highest paid in the nation and make an average $74,839 a year. It took less than 24 hours for the Chicago Teacher’s Union to start using kids in their strike protests. EAG News reported:
  • Disgusting… Chicago Teachers Union Protests Outside 9-11 Memorial

    09/11/2012 11:44:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | September 11, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    The Chicago Teachers Union protested outside a 9-11 emorial event today in Chicago.(PHOTO AT LINK)WLS reported: Dozens of striking Chicago teachers are protesting outside a Sept. 11 memorial event where Gov. Pat Quinn is speaking. The Chicago Democrat hasn’t weighed in on the walkout, which entered its second day on Tuesday. As he headed into the event, Quinn walked through the crowd, which sang “Amazing Grace” and held American flags. He said “Good luck.” The teachers marched over from nearby Curie Metro High School on the city’s southwest side.
  • Chicago Teachers Union President: Strike is About ‘The Very Soul of Public Education’

    09/11/2012 10:00:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    Chicago Teachers Union President: Strike is About ‘The Very Soul of Public Education’ By Matt Cover September 11, 2012 ( – Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis told a Labor Day rally last week that the teachers’ strike that began on Monday was not just about the CTU’s salary demands, but about “the very soul of public education.” Speaking to a labor day rally on Sept. 3, Lewis said that the fight between Chicago Public School (CPS) officials and the CTU over how large a raise teachers would receive over the coming years was not a fight she or...
  • $4 Billion in 4 Years: Federal Subsidies to Chicago Schools

    09/11/2012 8:25:07 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    $4 Billion in 4 Years: Federal Subsidies to Chicago Schools By Terence P. Jeffrey September 11, 2012 ( - Taxpayers in places as divergent as Florida and Montana, Nevada and New Hampshire, Arizona and Maine--as well as their children who will eventually need to pay the interest on the federal government's growing debt--may not think they have a stake in the Chicago teachers strike, but in fact the budgets of the Chicago Public Schools show that American taxpayers everywhere have literally billions at stake in what goes on in this one city's public school system. Over the past four years,...
  • Illinois: Land of 7,000 Governments

    09/11/2012 8:03:21 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 3 replies
    Chicago Magazine ^ | September 7, 2012 | Whet Moser
    People in Illinois like to complain about big government. But maybe there's a bigger problem: little government. Lots and lots of them, from municipalities to townships to special districts to school districts. Every five years the Census does a census of governments, and Illinois ranks first, as it always does, with 6,968, over 2,000 more than the runner-up, Pennsylvania. And we don't just have more governments than anywhere else; we have more of just about every kind of government the Census surveys. 2007 was the last year that a detailed breakdown was available; here are how the top four states...