Category: Chicago politics

O'Hare Airport expansion headed for a crash landing

Even though the airline industry is heading for a crash landing thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Chicago, with typical aplomb promises that the $8.7 billion Taj Mahal O’Hare Expansion project is taking off as scheduled. Apparently not noticing that United and American airlines–the duopoly that runs O’Hare–and other airlines are losing tens of millions... Read more »

16 million Americans lose their jobs. But no one working for Chicago will

In one Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s  most staggering promises, she has ruled out layoffs in city government because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Sun-Times reported: “We are not expecting to do any layoffs,” the mayor told a news conference hours before Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order was extended for another month. “Our economy in this region is... Read more »

Rod Blagojevich is all yours, Illinois Democrats

Try as hard as you might to pretend that you had not much–make that nothing–to do with the rise and fall of former governor and convicted felon Rod Blagojevich, you, Illinois Democrats, created and nurtured him. He was the scion of the Chicago, Cook County and Illinois Democrat party and your efforts to disown him... Read more »
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"Illinois is the class dunce"

That’s what the Economist called Illinois in this article: State of denial – America’s public-sector pension schemes are trillions of dollars short* Police officers, teachers and other public workers face a brutal reckoning As the Economist reported: Illinois is the class dunce, with six languishing [pension] schemes. Chicago Municipal is just 25% funded and the... Read more »

Best reporting on the Obama Center mess

It comes from Emma Dyer, the news editor at the Chicago Maroon, the independent newspaper at the University of Chicago.  She has been reporting on the Obama Presidential Center for more than two years and in the below video she discusses the deeply troubling problems of plunking a private project into the national historic landmark–Jackson Park.... Read more »

Tribune readers respond to my fleeing Illinois column

Malarky. Sophistry. Delusive. Whining. Three letters to the editor take me to task for explaining why I have left Illinois. Letters: Kiss-off to Chicago skews the facts Dennis Byrne’s recent commentary (“He saw the genesis of the Exodus,” Oct. 20) is, at best, superlative malarkey, and, at worst, pure sophistry. By his telling, Chicago is... Read more »
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I've had enough. Hasta la vista, Chicago and Illinois

So long, Illinois. Goodbye, Chicago. Here, I was born and raised. Schooled and worked. Practically my entire life has unfolded in Chicago and close by. As a kid, I rode on Chicago street cars and the wooden “L” cars before there was a CTA. Took the old North Shore Line to high school and college.... Read more »

Hey, CTU, you're not the school czar

The people, taxpayers and voters of Chicago are. Or at least they should be. But here comes the Chicago Teachers Union, bargaining as if it was the school board and the Chicago Public Schools board was the union’s underlying. Here comes the union, demanding all kinds of things that Illinois law says are outside of... Read more »

More Chicago Teachers Union baloney

The Chicago Teachers Union said in an email that “Despite CPS spin, ‘offer’ falls far short for low-wage teaching assistants, classroom needs.” But it’s in the union’s hands to make sure that the low-wage teachers get a better deal. The CTU moans that: ” Yet the wage floor for teaching assistants still hovers at $30,000/year—less... Read more »
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Why the Chicago Teachers Union demands are outrageous

You don’t have to do a detailed statistical analysis of the Chicago Teachers Union costly demands are outrageous. But if you want more detailed information, turn to the analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute. Before we begin, the union response will be that the Institute is just a right-wing, anti-tax, anti-union outfit that should stick its... Read more »
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