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  • 11 things you need to know about Chicago teacher pensions

    03/05/2016 7:23:14 PM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | March 1, 2016 | Ted Dabrowski
    Pension holidays, steep increases in teachers' salaries, and lopsided ratios of teacher contributions to pension payouts have caused the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund’s unfunded liabilities to shoot up to $9 billion in 2015. The Chicago Teachers Union, or CTU, has threatened to strike as early as April 1 over the issue of teacher pension “pickups,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Negotiations over a new contract to replace the 2012 contract that expired in June 2015 stalled after CTU rejected the most recent offer from Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, in February. In exchange for pay increases and a moratorium on...
  • Chicago Reporter Refuses to Report Teachers Union Links to Socialist Groups

    12/20/2012 10:42:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | December 20, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    The Chicago Teachers Union and Action Now (formerly known as ACORN) staged yet another protest Tuesday, this time targeting so-called Chicago “fat cats.” Video from the event reveals that the local Chicago media – particularly Christian Farr of NBC 5 – is disinterested in reporting the radical nature of the union and its allies. Farr said that he’s too “objective” to report such news, even though it occurred right before his eyes. SEE THE VIDEO HERE. Only a single Chicago talk radio program - Wade and Roma on WLS-AM - has demonstrated the nerve to question the CTU leadership about...
  • Jackson Jr.’s political demise quickens search for fresh faces in black leadership [teachers union]

    11/25/2012 2:07:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | DAN MIHALOPOULOS
    Before scandal would shatter his grand ambitions, when he was still a Democratic congressman and the heir apparent to one of Chicago’s most prominent political dynasties, Jesse Jackson Jr. did not shy from criticizing other politicians with heavy baggage. [SNIP] “The future of black politics is bright, actually,” Maze Jackson [radio host not related to J. Jackson] said. “You’ll see a new generation of black politicians with new, innovative thought processes. The old generation looked to protect the safety net as a way to empowerment. The new generation is more interested in banking, finance, utilities — things that can be...
  • Chicago School Leaders Don’t Know How They’re Going to Pay for the New Contract!

    09/22/2012 6:40:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies ^ | September 22, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    The successful business leaders that sit on the Chicago Board of Education must have checked their brains at the door when they went into the negotiating room with the teachers union. How else could they possibly negotiate a contract that the school district can’t possibly afford? Truth be told, if board member Penny Pritzker’s Hyatt Hotels operated that way, they’d be out of business. But, alas, this is government. They strike deals with unions and figure out how taxpayers will fund it later. Reuters tells us: “Chicago public school teachers returned to their classrooms on Wednesday but thorny questions remained...
  • Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike

    09/16/2012 5:24:13 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies
    Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike By STEPHANIE BANCHERO The Chicago public school teachers strike entered its second week after the teachers union declined Sunday to call off a week-long walkout that has catapulted the city into the national debate over teacher evaluations and job security. Only hours earlier, Chicago Teachers Union officials had trumpeted new concessions they said they had extracted from Mayor Rahm Emanuel during talks to settle the strike that started last Monday and has canceled classes for 350,000 students in the nation's third largest district. The vote to continue the strike came Sunday night by the...
  • Union gives details of deal that could end teachers’ strike - Rosh Hashanah could complicate matters

    09/16/2012 8:12:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 16, 2012 | ROSALIND ROSSI, LAUREN FITZPATRICK AND HUNTER CLAUSS
    ......A Chicago Teachers Union news release late Saturday said the agreement includes: ◆ Raises of 3 percent, 2 percent and 2 percent over the next three years, with the option to extend the deal to four years “by mutual agreement” with another 3 percent raise. ◆ Preservation of extra “step’’ increases based on experience, with new increases in the three highest steps. ◆ The hiring of 600 additional teachers in art, music, physical education,world languages and other so-called “special’’classes. ◆ The requirement that teachers be allowed to “follow their students” to other schools if the teachers school is subject to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Is '24' Still '24' Without Jack Bauer? (Spoiler Alert)

    04/04/2009 12:27:56 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies · 8,062+ views
    New York Post - Blog ^ | April 3, 2009 | Jarett Wieselman
    <p>In previous seasons, we've gotten a major death, a biological attack, Jack faking his own death, being kidnapped by the Chinese and plain ol' pontificating.</p> <p>But how will season seven of "24" click to a close? "The most I can tell you is that it is not going to end because someone cuts two wires and the clock on the bomb stops," Kiefer recently revealed.</p>
  • Reinventing '24'

    02/01/2008 11:35:45 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 74 replies · 224+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2.1.08 | REBECCA DANA
    During its first five years on television, the terror-thriller "24" built a huge fan base by creating the first true superhero of the post-Sept. 11 era: special agent Jack Bauer. Ruggedly handsome and righteously defiant, Jack was willing to do anything to defend his country. That "anything" has always included torture. Jack has snipped off fingers, poisoned associates, shot through kneecaps and faked executions, all in the pursuit of national security. Against the real-life backdrop of global terrorist attacks, "24" at its peak fulfilled the fantasies of an insecure nation. It became one of the most important franchises for News...
  • Sutherland starts his 48-day jail term

    12/05/2007 10:11:53 PM PST · by trumandogz · 21 replies · 132+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 12.5.07 | DAISY NGUYEN,
    LOS ANGELES - Kiefer Sutherland was sentenced Wednesday to 48 days in jail for racking up a second drunken-driving arrest in three years and immediately reported to a city lockup. The star of the Fox TV drama "24" was being processed at the Glendale city jail, said Officer John Balian. Sutherland, 40, who pleaded no contest in October to driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of .08, appeared in court with his attorney and politely answered the judge's questions, said Assistant City Attorney Dan Jeffries. His request to serve his time at the Glendale city jail was...
  • Resurrection and Politics on '24.'

    09/21/2007 7:02:47 AM PDT · by Watershed · 65 replies · 221+ views ^ | September 20, 2007 | Kate O'Hare
    Howard Gordon, executive producer of FOX's thriller "24," says actor Carlos Bernard acted "very cool about it" when Gordon called him in his car to tell him that his character, Counter Terrorist Unit operative Tony Almeida, was not dead after all and would be returning for the show's 7th season on Sunday, Jan. 13. "But I know," Gordon says, "when I hung up the phone, I'm sure he did one of those 'Jerry Maguire' screams in the car." The most frequently seen character in "24" aside from its hero, CTU super-agent Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland), Tony was introduced in season...
  • Jones moves into "24" Oval Office (Jack Bauer Alert)

    07/23/2007 9:55:44 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies · 826+ views
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | July 21, 2007 | Nellie Andreeva
    Jones moves into '24' Oval Office By Nellie Andreeva July 21, 2007 Cherry Jones has been appointed president on the upcoming season of "24," sources said. The network wouldn't confirm, but sources said Jones has come on board the real-time thriller, the first major casting addition to the show's upcoming seventh season. "24" producers had been contemplating having a female president next season for some time. (HR 6/22) Their decision to go for it adds another wrinkle to the closely watched Democratic Party's presidential race, in which Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner. Production of the 20th Century Fox TV/Imagine TV-produced...
  • Jack Bauer Doesn't Jump - More's the Pity

    05/22/2007 2:05:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 58 replies · 1,901+ views ^ | May 22, 2007 | C.W. Nevius
    Jack Bauer Doesn't Jump - More's the Pity Previously on "24' the show made sense. But Monday night's finale, when we sat through 90 minutes of set-up, waiting for the usual slam bang finish, only to have a touchy-feely episode of "Grey's Anatomy'' break out, was the end. The big finish, with Jack Bauer standing on coast, looking moodily out to sea, was some kind of weird Hallmark card for secret agents. I kept waiting for the cliff to blow up, or a black helicopter to appear on the horizon, but no, it was just our Jack, alone with his...
  • The OFFICIAL weekly "24" Season 6 Live thread!

    01/11/2007 10:03:27 AM PST · by OXENinFLA · 13,802 replies · 239,344+ views
    Fox 24 ^ | 1-11-06 | Jack Bauer
    Ok folks here's the new thread for the new season. Jack, please don't teacup the guns.
  • “24” is back with a vengeance

    01/12/2007 5:14:45 AM PST · by Risha · 25 replies · 711+ views ^ | January 11, 2007 | By Mark A. Perigard
    “24” is back with a vengeance By Mark A. Perigard Boston Herald TV Critic Thursday, January 11, 2007 - Updated: 06:46 PM EST Suicide bombers are killing thousands across America. New president Wayne Palmer (DB Woodside) is so powerless, he’s driven to negotiate with one terrorist to find another. And after two years of captivity in a Chinese prison, counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) finally returns to American soil - where the government expects him to make the ultimate sacrifice. The Emmy award-winning drama “24” returns for a sixth season on Sunday (on WFXT, Ch. 25), with another two-hour...
  • Jack Bauer's Real Enemies

    01/11/2007 11:03:36 AM PST · by Mike Bates · 4 replies · 440+ views
    Media Monitor ^ | 1/11/2007 | Cliff Kincaid
    If Jack Bauer were in charge of U.S. forces in Iraq, we would have won by now. Bauer is the tough, no-nonsense American hero who defeats America's enemies in the popular "24" series. Bauer would have wiped the floor with al Qaeda of Iraq, the other Sunni terrorists, and the anti-American militias. They would have cried uncle a long time ago. And Bauer would have done all of this without American reporters breathing down his neck. Bauer will be facing some new enemies on Sunday night, when the four-hour premiere of the new season begins. Based on the previews, Bauer's...
  • 24: An Ode to Chloe (Jack Bauer Alert!)

    12/28/2006 6:44:23 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies · 1,823+ views ^ | December 27, 2006 | Oscar Dahl
    24: An Ode to Chloe December 27, 2006 For the past three seasons of 24, Chloe O'Brian has done more to thwart terrorists than anybody not named Jack Bauer. On the importance scale, Jack Bauer is 1, Chloe O'Brian is 2, Curtis is probably 3, and Kim Bauer is 8,458. Yet, Chloe doesn't seem to get her due. Her computer wizardry is essential to Jack's survival and, without it, the show would be in trouble. Although half of her lines are computer mumbo-jumbo, Chloe is as different as you'll get from your typical stock computer geek/expert hacker character. She is...
  • 24: Anticipation Report (Jack Bauer Alert!)

    12/21/2006 6:39:38 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies · 1,334+ views
    Buddy TV ^ | December 19, 2006 | Oscar Dah
    24: Anticipation Report December 19, 2006 With the premiere of season six of 24 less than a month away, I thought I'd report to all you readers where I, personally, am at in terms of anticipation. You see, 24, while not the "best" show on television, is the most entertaining. It's the most fun, and it's the best show to watch in a group or discuss with peers the next day. Jack Bauer's exploits are at once ridiculous and life-affirming. He is the most dynamic, hardened, bad-ass character to ever grace network television. As the seasons have gone along, and...
  • Get your serial anti-terrorist thrills in the fifth season of '24'

    12/03/2006 2:00:49 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies · 637+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | December 3, 2006 | DAVID ZURAWIK
    Get your serial anti-terrorist thrills in the fifth season of '24' Critics' picks: New DVDs Originally published December 3, 2006 24 SEASON FIVE // Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment // $59.98 The anti-terrorist thriller enjoyed its largest audience ever last season as Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) returned to Los Angeles and CTU after 18 months living on the run under assumed identities. Certainly, no other series got off to a bigger bang than 24 did with the assassination of former President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) in the opening seconds. The season also ended with a nifty twist, with Bauer being...