Posts in category "Chicago institutions"

Facts about Chicago teachers' pensions

As the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) continues to mobilize a political effort to takeover Chicago’s government, the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) continues to run dry from neglect and unrealistic expectations. According to a recent analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute, the CTPF’s five-year investment return has been exactly 0 percent. This is bad news for... Read more »

CTU's hypocrisy on Chicago school accountability

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) today links to a press release from the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) on the news several INCS schools could be closed through new Chicago Public Schools actions: CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Today the Chicago Board of Education announced that six charter public schools would be placed on “Academic Watch” – Ace Tech,... Read more »

10 Myths About Libertarianism Debunked at the Printers Row Lit Fest

10 Myths About Libertarianism Debunked at the Printers Row Lit Fest
Last weekend, America’s Future Foundation (AFF) – a national organization that educates young professionals on free market economics, politics, and current events – had a table at the Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago. The event is billed as the largest outdoor literary festival in the Midwest, drawing over 125,000 people over two days. The... Read more »
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Look up, Chicago

Robot faces on Ogilvie at Canal: I love spotting unintentional faces. This is an example of those stretching the length of Ogilvie Transportation Center. It's almost as if the Transformers film crew left us a little gift.
One of the best things about Chicago is its architecture. Truthfully, it’s safe to say most of us become accustomed to architecture very quickly. It becomes part of the background. We hurry from the train to work, from work to lunch, and back home every day. We have amazing pocket computers (“phones”) that keep us... Read more »

Head of Institute for Justice speaks at Union League Club

Head of Institute for Justice speaks at Union League Club
Have you heard of the case of Armour v. Indianapolis? Neither had I before this morning, but it’s being argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court and has massive implications for freedom nationwide. The City of Indianapolis gave property owners a choice to pay for a new sewer system: either pay your share at once... Read more »

My thoughts on Hull House in the Trib

Today the Chicago Tribune published a letter I wrote in response to an op-ed by U of C professor Jennifer Mosely. I agreed with Mosley’s analysis on why the settlement house Hull House had to close: it became too dependent on the broken promises of politicians in Springfield. But I didn’t agree with her proposed... Read more »
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How Chicago is superior to D.C.

How Chicago is superior to D.C.
I recently returned from a three-day visit to Washington, D.C., where I attended the progressive CPAC event and had some meetings. I’m so glad to be home in Chicago. It’s not that my trip was bad. I saw a lot of friends and colleagues, met some new people, and my meetings went well. I enjoyed... Read more »

Three Chicago Institutions Linked to Free Expression

Three Chicago Institutions Linked to Free Expression
Chicago culture is so thick that local institutions are a dime a dozen. Some of my favorites are Ravinia, the Map Room, the Lyric Opera, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and Vincent P. Falk (the dude who wears bright suits and twirls on downtown bridges). If you’ve been there and done that, there are three more... Read more »