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  • (Chicago) Mayor's Friend Could Benefit from Hotel Built With Taxpayers' Money

    04/11/2014 10:00:10 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 4 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | April 8, 2014 | Ben Jorvarsky and David Sirota
    On March 5 the City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to spend $55 million in property taxes on a new Marriott hotel—part of his ambitious development plan that also features a basketball arena for DePaul University. The vote followed a decision by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority to award Marriott the coveted contract to run the new hotel. Following the vote, the mayor and his aides crowned themselves wizards of economic development. "The hotel will generate new taxes and jobs while supporting the area's planned revitalization," said the city's planning commissioner. [W]hat the mayor and his aides didn't...
  • The Truth About Chicago Crime Rates

    04/08/2014 1:25:54 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 13 replies
    Chicago Magazine ^ | April 7, 2014 | David Bernstein and Noah Isakson
    Chicago conducted a 12-month examination of the Chicago Police Department’s crime statistics going back several years, poring through public and internal police records and interviewing crime victims, criminologists, and police sources of various ranks. We identified 10 people, including Groves, who were beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations, downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents—all for illogical or, at best, unclear reasons. About one-quarter of victims of aggravated assault and battery failed to get counted in Chicago Police statistics for 2012, according to a city...
  • Ezekiel Emanuel Further Explains His Prediction That Employers Will Drop Health Insurance

    04/08/2014 11:05:38 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | ROBB MANDELBAUM
    Our recent interview with Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel about his provocative prediction that most employers will abandon health coverage by 2025 struck a nerve with You’re The Boss readers. It came as no surprise that Dr. Emanuel’s claim, first made in his new book, “Reinventing American Health Care,” would be swept up in the broader political and ideological debate about the Affordable Care Act. But in their many comments, readers raised interesting questions, and we took some of them back to Dr. Emanuel in another conversation that appears, edited and condensed, below. It’s worth noting that among those readers who...
  • Obamacare Architect Warns ‘Kiss Your Insurance Company Good-Bye Forever’

    03/10/2014 4:28:35 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    American Overlook ^ | March 10 ,2014 | Robert Winthrop
    The Obamacare architect is now warning “insurance companies as we know them are about to die,” and confirming the long-standing speculation that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act always aimed to put private health insurance companies out of business. According to Ezekial Emanuel, the architect of Obamacare, this is a positive change to health coverage. “[Obamacare exchanges] will force insurance companies to evolve or become extinct,” he said. SEE ALSO: Michelle Obama Acts Foolishly on Stage at White House> “Insurance companies as they are now will be going away. Indeed, they are already evolving. For the next few years insurance companies...
  • Emanuel asks for time to write rules on gun sales in Chicago

    01/09/2014 4:47:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/09/14 | John Byrne
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel indicated today that he won't fight a federal court ruling that struck down Chicago's ban on gun stores and instead will ask for six months to come up with rules. The mayor didn't offer specifics on how his administration will try to retool the city's gun ordinances to meet the court standard. But he said he isn't appealing the ruling because the city keeps losing the court cases and he doesn't like litigation for litigation's sake. “Though I fully disagree, the city has little option but to follow the ruling of the court. I’ve instructed the Law...
  • ObamaCare’s latest whopper (Here come the Deathpanels)

    01/01/2014 3:40:53 PM PST · by Innovative · 106 replies
    NY Post ^ | Jan 1, 2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    In 2013, the American people learned what whoppers the key promises of ObamaCare turned out to be. But the biggest whopper about the Affordable Care Act is yet to be exposed: the tightening grip the federal government will have over your doctor — even if you’re paying with private insurance. Section 1311(h)(1)(B) of the health law gives the secretary of Health and Human Services blanket authority to dictate how doctors treat patients. Not just patients in government programs like Medicare and Medicaid, but patients with private plans they pay for themselves. On Dec. 2, 2013, we learned from the Federal...
  • Emanuel announces appointments for grocery task force (Chicago)

    12/24/2013 1:13:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday announced the members of a grocery store task force that will work to find new owners for stores left vacant after Safeway closes all Dominick's stores in the Chicago-area Dec. 28. The task force will work with building representatives, gather local market data, find and approach likely prospects in the food industry as well as host tours, create marketing materials and engage brokers. It will also work to ensure the availability of fresh food and produce and support workers who are affected by the store closings.
  • WALL STREET DEMS: VALERIE JARRETT LACKS ANY BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE

    12/16/2013 4:56:11 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 44 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | December 12, 2013 | WARNER TODD HUSTON
    In a recent long-form article on the troubles that the banking and investment sectors have had with the destructive policies coming out of the White House, unnamed Democrats told Politico that Rahm Emanuel and, most especially, Valerie Jarrett were not only entirely unresponsive to their concerns, but they actually lacked any knowledge about the industries for which they were tasked with crafting policy--and earned no "respect" because of it. Things got so bad that representatives of the financial sectors just stopped having meetings with the White House because any such meetings were pointless. The December 11 article, "Lament of the...
  • Facts Are Stubborn Things [flag@whitehouse.gov]

    08/04/2009 3:45:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 554 replies · 8,546+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | 6:55 AM | Posted by Macon Phillips
    THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG THE BLOG TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things." Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions. In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to...
  • NOW WE KNOW… Obamacare Architect Ezekiel Emanuel: “The Individual Market Is Going Away” (Video)

    11/03/2013 9:28:52 AM PST · by Nachum · 147 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/3/13 | Jim Hoft
    Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel, a former adviser to the Obama White House, admitted today that, if Democrats have their way, the individual insurance market is going away. “Insurance companies don’t want, insurance companies don’t want the individual market as it’s constructed. They see the future. That individual market is going away. They don’t want to invest in it.” That was their plan all along. Via FOX News Sunday:
  • ObamaCare 'Architect' Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel On What Went Wrong

    10/27/2013 4:32:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    youtube ^ | 10/25/13 | fox
    Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel talks challenges facing the law. Fox News: The Kelly File
  • Rahm Emanuel can’t (or won’t) fix Chicago

    09/22/2013 2:59:59 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 22Sept | Jazz Shaw
    When Rahm Emanual pulled up stakes at Camp Obama and headed home to the Windy City to run for mayor, it seemed like a pretty natural fit. He of the infamous mailing a dead fish and jamming knives in tables incidents was seen as the consummate Chicago Way politician, well equipped to take the top seat in that town. Emanual faces a lot of challenges to be sure, what with a typically collapsing economy, union problems and intra-party warfare, but one of the things he may have underestimated was the metropolitan security / military duties which are part of an...
  • Liberalism 101 - You Don't Have a Choice

    09/05/2013 1:38:20 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 13 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | September 5, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    I love it when liberal progressives actually speak their true beliefs for us all to hear. However, you have to probe deeply and get them riled up enough to blow their cool in order to hear their unvarnished agenda. Liberals know that sane people do not agree with their policies or their goals, so they must always cloak them in a shadowy cloud of lies. It's always, "it's about the children!" or "where's your compassion?" with them in order to mask their true goals. Once you get under their skin, you can expose their lies and twisted words as they'll...
  • Former CPS CEO Brizard calls (Hussein's other Chicago pal) Emanuel micromanager

    08/24/2013 9:14:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8/23/13 | John Byrne
    Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard chided former boss Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week in an interview from the safety of his new post at an East Coast educational organization, saying the mayor needs to “learn to let go and allow his managers to lead.” In an interview with the Fordham Institute, Brizard also said the administration was caught flat-footed last year by the strength of the Chicago Teachers Union’s organizing power during the first walk-out in Chicago in 25 years.
  • City aims to jump-start Near South Side development

    07/11/2013 8:37:54 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 1 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | July 10, 2013 | Hal Dardick
    The city is trying to kick-start development of vacant 62-acre parcel near downtown controlled by a controversial Iraqi billionaire once linked to convicted Democratic influence peddler Antoin "Tony" Rezko.
  • "Gays Are The Next Jews Of Fundraising"

    06/26/2013 10:28:46 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 26, 2013 | Timothy P. Carney
    While raising money for Bill Clinton (who signed the Defense of Marriage Act) in 1992, Rahm Emanuel proclaimed “Gays are the next Jews of fundraising.”
  • Happy birthday, Mr. President (Peres/Israel - Left love-fest/Barf Alert)

    06/18/2013 5:45:07 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 19, 2013, 2:21 am | Jessica Steinberg
    It was a love fest at Shimon Peres’ 90th birthday party Tuesday night, as world leaders, beloved performers and regular folk spoke, sang, and sent their messages of love and affection for the president, former prime minister, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Peres sat flanked by former US president Bill Clinton and Jewish stage diva Barbra Streisand on his right, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, on his left. Behind them was an auditorium full of who’s who in Israel and abroad, from actors Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone, Prince Albert of Monaco and Chicago mayor...
  • Emanuel sees tough choices on school budget (pension payments to balloon from $196 to $612 million)

    06/09/2013 12:53:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/05/13 | John Byrne
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday sought to lay the blame for upcoming Chicago Public Schools budget cuts on state lawmakers' failure to extend pension relief, saying the loss in Springfield is now "on the doorstep of every school and every classroom in the city of Chicago." The mayor refused to rule out teacher layoffs or a property tax increase as pension payments are expected to balloon from $196 million this year to $612 million in the next budget year, which begins July 1. "Chicago Public Schools is working through the issues," Emanuel said in his first news conference since last...
  • How to kill Obamacare without even trying

    05/09/2013 6:48:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 8, 2013 | Yates Walker, Conservative Activist
    Ezekiel Emanuel, a noted oncologist, has helped advise the Obama administration in its effort to create an economic system larger than France’s economy to distribute health care services to over 300 million people. Together, those facts encapsulate the essence of our federal government: hopelessly overextended, devoid of caution and chock full of hubris. If that isn’t succinct enough to signal the coming disaster that will be Obamacare, then Emanuel’s recent column in the Wall Street Journal should tip the balance. Coincidentally, the column was about me, or, more appropriately, about a class of the peasantry to which Doctor Emanuel has...
  • Emanuel Stresses Value Of Surviellance Cameras In Probe Of Boston Bombings

    04/18/2013 5:19:37 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/ ^ | April 18, 2013 | CBS Chicago
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel refused to comment Wednesday on reports a possible suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been identified and an arrest is imminent, but he is talking about how surveillance cameras aided the investigation.
  • Chicago police sergeants reject Emanuel contract offer

    03/11/2013 8:19:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/11/13 | Hal Dardick
    Chicago police sergeants on Monday overwhelmingly rejected a proposed contract that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had called a blueprint for restoring financial soundness to the city’s woefully underfunded pension systems. The sergeants union voted 876-134 against the contract, a result that left Emanuel expressing disappointment and the leader of the Fraternal Order of Police crowing. **SNIP** For weeks, the mayor had been citing the proposed sergeants’ contract as a “blueprint” or “road map” for negotiations with other city unions. After Monday’s result was announced, Shields suggested Emanuel “needs to find the GPS for Chicago.”
  • Mayor Emanuel's Approval Rating In The Tank ( Chicago gun free zone )

    02/22/2013 8:16:29 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Edward McClelland
    Emanuel allies insist that he has done much good for the city but it’s clear from the headlines that the dominant story of his time in office so far is the rising murder rate. The Chicago homicide rate in January was its highest in more than a decade and the Windy City has become a national talking point — and not in a good way — when it comes to violence. ... A Crain’s/Ipsos poll out Thursday finds that the mayor’s popularity has fallen sharply since voters were last surveyed in September: Just 2 percent of Chicagoans surveyed said they...
  • Democrats attack gun manufacturers access to banking

    01/25/2013 12:25:36 PM PST · by JohnPierce · 27 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | January 25, 2013 | John Pierce
    Vice-President Biden sent an email to supporters today in which he touted the Obama Administration’s efforts to pass gun control. In the email, Biden continued to pander to gun-owning Democrats by promising that “Every step we intend to take will preserve the tradition of responsible gun ownership in our country and uphold the Second Amendment.” Having read that, Democrat gun owners should rest assured that their precious hunting rifles are safe … right? After all, it is only those black, scary rifles that Democrats want to ban … isn’t it? Well … while Vice-President Biden is doing his best to...
  • Rahm Emanuel presses banks on guns (Demands they stop doing business with gun manufacturers)

    01/25/2013 7:01:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | January 25, 2013 | Johathan Martin
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, moving to take a lead role in the gun control debate, is turning up the pressure on banks that do business with firearms manufacturers. Emanuel is sending letters to two major financial institutions, TD Bank and Bank of America, which offer lines of credit to gun makers suggesting that they stop lending money to the manufacturers if they don’t come out for new gun restrictions. “TD Bank currently aids the gun manufacturing industry through a $60 million revolving line of credit with Smith & Wesson, a gun manufacturer that produces the AR-15 – an assault weapon...
  • Emanuel gives insight to gun control in D.C., makes plans for Chicago

    01/15/2013 10:13:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Mike Flannery and Joanie Lum
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an analysis of Chicago's city employee pension funds to see if they hold companies that make or sell assault weapons. If so, he wants them sold. Emanuel spoke on Monday in Washington about his support for new gun control measures. He participated in a panel with the Center for American Progress Action Fund to talk about his role in getting the Assault Weapons Ban passed in 1994, when he was senior adviser to President Clinton. The mayor spoke on the political lessons learned during the passage of that bill and how the dialogue in...
  • Create 'Gun Free Politician Zones' for all politicians who support 'Gun Free School Zones'

    12/24/2012 10:46:27 AM PST · by lward99 · 15 replies
    White House Petition ^ | 12/24/2012 | Larry Ward
    Gun control advocates' loudest voices are most heavily protected by guns. Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and other gun grabbing politicians are protected with secret service and/or security details that carry guns. If their argument is right, that guns kill people, it is more than appropriate that they disarm their security and themselves to demonstrate that they can live the way they are both proposing and legislating that the rest of the 99%, (not in the political 1% elite) live. If the Political 1%ers do not shed their armed protection for themselves and their own families then...
  • 446 school age children shot in Chicago . . .

    12/21/2012 12:24:17 PM PST · by RetiredArmy · 37 replies
    The Tea Party Commander ^ | December 20, 2012 | none listed
    446 school age children shot in Chicago so far this year with strongest gun laws in country – media silent The cesspool known as Chicago probably has the toughest gun laws in the country, yet despite all the shootings, murders, and bloodshed, you never hear a peep about this from the corrupt state run media. In Chicago, there have been 446 school age children shot in leftist utopia run by Rahm Emanuel and that produced Obama, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, etc. 62 school aged children have actually been killed by crazed nuts in Chicago so far this year with almost...
  • Mayor Emanuel releases fiery statement on NRA

    12/21/2012 2:48:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 52 replies
    wlsam.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Bill Cameron
    Mayor Emanuel has released a fiery statement denouncing the National Rifle Association for advocating armed police in about every school. Rahm Emanuel prepared an unusually strong statement, even by his standards. “It’s outrageous and unsettling that the NRA would choose to address gun violence not by taking assault weapons off our streets, but by adding more guns to our schools, " the mayor said in a statement. The statement went on to say "that is not the right answer for our society, our schools and most importantly our children. People across this country, from small towns to big cities, are...
  • Quinn, Emanuel assail court's concealed carry decision

    12/13/2012 6:07:36 AM PST · by rellimpank · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 13 dec 20122 | Monique Garcia and Hal Dardick
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday indicated he would like to see assault weapons banned in Illinois as lawmakers this spring revise state law to allow some form of concealed carry to comply with a court ruling that tossed aside a long-standing ban on allowing people to carry weapons. Meanwhile, at City Hall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted Tuesday's federal appellate court decision as "wrongheaded" as he offered legal help to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan as she weighs an appeal. Judges gave the General Assembly six months to make changes, and the Democratic governor suggested the new rules will have to...
  • Emanuel Slams Netanyahu Over Support for Romney President Obama is not willing to accept

    12/02/2012 5:45:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    INN ^ | 12/2.12 | Elad Benari
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over what is perceived as his public support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the last election, Channel 2 News reported on Sunday. According to the report, Emanuel, a former White House Chief of Staff, said during a closed session at the Saban Forum in Washington that "Netanyahu supported the wrong candidate in the U.S. elections and lost." Emanuel also said that the White House expects that Netanyahu’s treatment of President Barack Obama will be different, especially at this time. He said the President was not willing to accept...
  • Time for Marriage Equality in Illinois

    11/13/2012 12:19:43 PM PST · by PBRCat · 23 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | November 13, 2012 | Rahm Emanuel
    Last week’s election continued America’s great history of expanding opportunity and equality. Today, we must take the next step on that journey by affording the opportunity to marry to all Americans — and we can continue that march by quickly enacting marriage equality here in Illinois. Throughout my career in public service, I have seen our city and society make progressive strides towards providing greater respect and rights to the GLBT community. As mayor, I lobbied for civil unions in Illinois. In Congress and within the Obama administration I pushed for the end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and helped...
  • Emanuel: Jackson Jr. should address voters, as plea talks (with jail time) reported

    11/13/2012 2:43:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/12/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Emanuel: Jackson Jr. should address voters, as plea talks reportedBy Pete Kasperowicz - 11/12/12 03:28 PM ET Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) on Monday said Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) should address his constituents and explain whether he'll be able to work as a member of the House next year. "With the election over, there are big issues coming up in the lame-duck session," Emanuel said, according to NBC Chicago. "I think Congressman Jackson, it's incumbent upon him to have a conversation with his constituents about his intentions." Emanuel's remarks come after reports last weekend said that Jackson is negotiating...
  • Fact-Checking Rahm: How He Faced the Nation and Lied Through His Teeth

    11/02/2012 7:03:51 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 4 replies
    The Beachwood Reporter ^ | November | Steve Rhodes
    RAHM: [T]he president immediately ordered an investigation into what happened in Benghazi. Second, he wants to find out who's responsible. And third, he will bring them to justice, just like he brought Bin Laden and al Awlaki in Yemen. And he did refer to it the event as a terrorist act. And when Mitt Romney said he didn't. And the events there are a human tragedy. It's an assault on America. None of us are privy to the information. I'm not. I'm the mayor of the city of Chicago. But if the commander-in-chief says I want to get to the...
  • Emanuel praises White House on Libya, says Obama ‘took control’

    10/28/2012 12:25:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/28/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Emanuel praises White House on Libya, says Obama ‘took control’By Alexandra Jaffe - 10/28/12 11:37 AM ET Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel defended President Obama's handling of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sunday. Emanuel, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said that Obama "took control and he said exactly what needs to be done" following the Sept. 11 attack, which claimed the lives of four Americans. Earlier on the program, Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) McCain charged that the Obama administration's handling of the situation amounted to either a...
  • Rahm Emanuel Terrified of Something in Chicago: Another round of expensive telephone survey

    10/07/2012 2:39:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Hill Buzz ^ | 10/06/12 | Kevin DuJan Read more http://hillbuzz.org/rahm-emanuel-terrified-of-something-in-chicago-another-r
    So, my boyfriend Justin’s been avoiding a mysterious caller coming from the number (720) 582-8383 for the last week and this morning I told him to just take the call because it was most likely a political survey and I’d answer it for him. It was a research company in Denver, Colorado hired by Rahm Emanuel to poll Chicagoans about what they think of him. I had an awful lot of fun taking this survey and telling the pollster how bad a job Rahm is doing…and was interested in the amount of emphasis that was given to Rahm’s dealings with...
  • 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...
  • Foes of Strike? Older White Guys

    09/14/2012 9:25:18 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 16 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 13, 2012 | Rich Miller
    [M]ost of the media fall into the category of older white folks without kids in Chicago’s public schools. Whites who didn’t flee the city after the schools were desegrated fled the schools. Less than 9 percent of Chicago public school kids are white. The “real” schools, as Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis called them a few days ago, have long since been abandoned by white folks. With overwhelming poverty in black and Latino neighborhoods, parents can’t afford private schools. A whopping 87 percent of all public school students come from low-income families. According to the latest U.S. Census numbers...
  • Talkers and Doers: My Exchange with a Lawyer and Karen Lewis (Chicago Teachers Union)

    09/14/2012 9:05:03 AM PDT · by PBRCat
    Hickeysiteblogspot ^ | September 14, 2012 | Pat Hickey
    Only a group with a different agenda than that of the genuine labor movement would take such a huge risk. Actually, from their standpoint – one which advocates “r-r-radical” change – it makes a peculiar kind of sense because it appears to demonstrate their intransigence. While stalwart militancy can be a valuable trait in a labor leader, mindless militancy of the sort on display among the top leaders of the CTU is dangerous. For too long the democratic left inside the AFT and elsewhere hasignored these risks. What animates this “mindless militancy”? It is the so-called “social justice” ideology propagated...
  • 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...
  • 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**...
  • Paul Ryan: We stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel against the Chicago teachers’ union

    09/11/2012 8:13:13 AM PDT · by bigbob · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9-10-12 | Allahpundit
    Neither Jay Carney nor Romney mentioned Rahm in their respective statements on the strike (Carney punted on the matter altogether, not surprisingly), but Ryan knows a political opportunity when he sees one. In a standoff between two of Obama’s biggest cronies, his former chief of staff and the unions that bankroll him, The One’s going to strain mightily to remain scrupulously neutral. Romney/Ryan’s task: Make that neutrality as uncomfortable as possible. The only surprise, says National Journal, is that it took the campaign this long to twist the knife. “If you turned on the TV this morning or sometime today,...
  • Book: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Offered to Arrange a Blagojevich Pardon from Obama

    09/10/2012 10:03:19 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 17 replies
    The Chicago Sun Times ^ | September 10, 2012 | Natasha Korecki
    Chicago Sun-Times reporter Natasha Korecki followed every step of Blagojevich’s downfall. She details his demise in a new book — Only in Chicago: How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois; Embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and Jesse Jackson, Jr.; and Enthralled the Nation. The book raises the question of whether Jesse Jackson Jr., the congressman son of the famed civil rights leader, plotted to arrange a pardon for Blagojevich from President Barack Obama.
  • Why the Chicago teacher’s strike is bad news for President Obama

    09/10/2012 10:41:31 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 55 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10Sep 2012 | Chris Cillizza
    For the first time in nearly three decades, Chicago public school teachers went on strike this morning. At first glance, you might be tempted to think that what happens in Chicago has little to no effect on the politics of Washington and the presidential race. But, you’d be wrong. There are several reasons to believe that what happens in Chicago could have a real — and negative — impact on President Obama and the broader race for the White House this fall. We list the three biggest reasons below. * It’s Chicago: Yes, we know that President Obama has no...
  • Things Get a Little Foggy for Democrats in Charlotte

    09/06/2012 1:16:19 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 21 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 6, 2012 | John Kass
    When President Barack Obama asked stoners Harold & Kumar to help with his message, the inevitable was bound to happen.
  • Rahm Emanuel In June: When President Obama Arrives The Rain Stops

    09/05/2012 11:09:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/ ^ | September 5,2012 | Charlie Spiering
    While introducing President Obama in June, Mayor Rahm Emanuel joked to Chicago Democrats that when Obama is in town the weather improves.
  • Emanuel Cutting Short Trip to Democratic National Convention

    09/04/2012 9:27:30 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 20 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | September 3, 2012 | Steve Miller
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be spending a lot less time at the Democratic National Convention than he’d originally planned. Originally, the mayor had planned to be in Charlotte from Tuesday through Friday morning. Now, his Communications Director Sarah Hamilton tells Newsradio that Emanuel has changed his plans. Hamilton insisted the mayor’s shortened trip to the convention doesn’t have anything to do with a possible teachers strike. She said Emanuel’s abbreviated trip likewise doesn’t have anything to do with the city’s higher murder rate this year.
  • Cardinal George slams Chicago mayor’s comments on Chick-fil-A marriage flap

    07/31/2012 12:22:55 PM PDT · by rhema · 25 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | 7/31/12 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Cardinal Francis George, the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, has taken aim at remarks by the mayor and an alderman of Chicago slamming Chick-Fil-A’s public stance in support of true marriage. “Recent comments by those who administer our city seem to assume that the city government can decide for everyone what are the ‘values’ that must be held by citizens of Chicago,” Cardinal George wrote in a “Reflection on ‘Chicago Values’.”Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is also co-chair of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, told the Chicago Tribune last week that he agreed with the reasons for Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno’s effort...
  • From Aurora to Chicago: The hollow pieties of gun control politics.

    07/26/2012 5:21:57 PM PDT · by rhema · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7/24/12 | AARON GOLDSTEIN
    In the wake of the horrific movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, last Friday that resulted in the deaths of twelve people, there have been renewed calls for increased gun control in the United States. One such call came from the Baltimore Sun . . . Consider this passage from said editorial: What we do know more concretely about the incident, however, raises serious questions about whether Colorado or the rest of the country has done enough to prevent such tragedies from taking place. Surely, it is time to have a public conversation about whether the U.S. ought to adopt...