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Chicago Teachers Union sends Chicago Public Schools "over the cliff"

“The CTU is negotiating a contract with the board and is willing to work with anyone, but these political appointments are telling us a lot about where the mayor is taking our schools, which is over a cliff.” – Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey commenting on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s appointment of Forrest Claypool as new CEO... Read more »

Chicago teachers cutting their own throats

In demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the  Chicago Public Schools fork over a $634 million contribution to Chicago’s teachers retirement fund, Chicago teachers are cutting their own throats. In one of the most amazing slights of hand yet seen in a city where hands move too fast to be seen, the $634 million appeared... Read more »

Told ya so: New O'Hare Airport runway expansion fails to reduce delays

Opponents of ex-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s O’Hare Airport expansion boondoggle had been saying it for years: The costly expansion won’t do much to reduce delays, one of the major reasons justifying the billions spent and the homes and businesses destroyed. Now comes a Chicago Tribune article reporting an AP analysis of airport delays, “New runway... Read more »
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How Gov. Rauner can bring down Boss Michael Madigan

John Kass has a brilliant column in today’s Chicago Tribune on how Gov. Bruce Rauner can bring down the seemingly invincible Boss Michael Madigan. Madigan has been running things for decades in Illinois and is deeply responsible for bringing the state to its financial knees. But because Madigan has a grip on his own legislative... Read more »

Here's one state legislature that works together

Yes, it can happen. But not in Illinois where the spring session just ended–again–shamefully and uselessly. Maybe we in Illinois should look to Kentucky where a fruitful session got things done. According to Governing:  There is at least one divided state that had a productive session this year, however.Legislators in Kentucky were able to reach agreement on issues... Read more »

Democrats plan to blame Illinois Gov. Rauner

There’s one thing that we should be able to agree on about the Illinois and Chicago financial crises: It’s not the fault of students wanting an education, poor people seeking medical care, drivers wanting decent roads, transit riders yearning for reliable service, battered children and women desperately needing help, the hungry looking for a nutritious... Read more »
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The Chicago Way: City knifes Moody's for junk bond rating

That’ll teach Moody’s Investment Services to downgrade Chicago’s bonds to junk level. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration decided not to hire Moody’s to rate the city’s latest, $800-million general obligation bond issue. Instead, it is giving the lucrative business to Moody’s investors–Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, Fitch Ratings and Kroll Bond Rating Agency Inc., reports the... Read more »

Nearly a quarter of every dollar of Chicago's revenues goes to pensions

I had not realized that nearly a quarter of every dollar that Chicago receives from taxes, grants, fines and fees goes to pay for its pensions. How can the city survive laboring under such a burden? This startling number was found here, in blog called “Expected Loss.” The blogger, Marc Joffe, wrote: In 2013, expenditures... Read more »

Understanding Chicago’s approaching financial ruin

Explaining how Chicago came to teeter on the edge of inevitable financial ruin when its ability to borrow runs out and creditors start calling in their loans to the city is a complex story. But a friend gave me a link to an article that he described as “the best and bluntest overall assessment I’ve... Read more »
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No raise for Chicago public school teachers...

and a tax increase for everyone else. It’s nut-cutting time for Chicago Public Schools. Chicago schools are in such a mess that the options are down to just a few, including, no raise for Chicago Public School teachers and a tax increase for everyone else. Even with that, bankruptcy could well be in the future... Read more »
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