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Not Parody: CTU's Karen Lewis blames everyone except herself and Madigan

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis blamed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Chicago Public School district leadership for Chicago and the state’s school funding mess. That’s rich. Can you think of anyone who is more responsible for Chicago and some state public schools tripping over  the brink of financial collapse than Lewis, the... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Union greed maims Illinois

When the Chicago Teachers Union blitzed Springfield on Wednesday to intimidate lawmakers into collapsing before the teachers’ outrageous demands for more, more and more, they unfurled a sign hanging from the gallery proclaiming, “Rauner’s Greed Hurts Illinois.” They got that wrong. It’s the Chicago Teachers Union greed that is maiming Illinois, sending it into hospice... Read more »

The real reason for the Chicago Teachers Union strike against the students

At first, the Chicago Teachers Union said that the one-day walkout on Friday, April 1, was because its members were getting shafted by the Chicago Public School system. Shafted, as in being asked to shoulder some of the efforts to keep CPS’ from falling into bankruptcy. Then, gee, someone must have realized that depriving students... Read more »
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Illinois turns retired state college employees into millionaires. How does your pension compare?

Total up what you expect to receive from your private pension and social security and see if it matches the astonishing rich pensions that the state of Illinois (i.e. taxpayers) gives to its public university employees. There’s a guy who, believe it, is expected to receive a $22.3 million lifetime state sponsored pension. He leads... Read more »

Hey AFSCME, what the hell now?

Instead of crowing about how the Illinois Supreme Court rejected the latest effort to solve Chicago’s suffocating pension problems, it would be nice if AFSCME suggested a solution for funding public employee pensions–other than taxing everyone into oblivion. Demonstrating once again that they are prepared to ride into hell on the backs of Chicago and... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Union death wish for Chicago

An item from the Department of Asked and Answered: These two headlines appeared together on the Chicago Tribune website: Chicago area sees greatest population loss of any major U.S. city, region in 2015 Chicago Teachers Union delegates give go-ahead for April 1 walkout The Chicago Teachers Union is hell-bent to send the city of Chicago... Read more »
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Chicago teachers: You're not being asked to take a 7 percent 'pay cut'

That  seven perrcent will still be yours. It will go to fund your pension. But that seven percent “pay cut in disguise” baloney is being spread around by the Chicago Teachers Union BSers as a way to fire up their sheep, so they will walk out on their students. Chicago Teachers Union BSers get to show... Read more »

Greedy Chicago Teachers Union rejects generous offer

They would get raises. They’d get layoff protections. They’d snuff out parents’ demand for more charter schools.   They might get a property tax increase (again) to help meet their demands. Yet, the Chicago Teachers Union rejected the better-than-it-should-have-been contract offer from the Chicago School System. (See my earlier post for the details of whatever... Read more »

Chicago teachers should pay a fair share of their pensions

To rescue his city from utter financial collapse, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is resurrecting an old whine: You suburban and downstate folks are to blame, and now you have to fix it. Chicago is the state’s “economic engine,” he said in several appearances, as if that is reason enough for Illinois taxpayers to ship more than $800 million... Read more »
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How a U.S. Supreme Court decision could affect Illinois teachers

The Supreme Court case was filed by a California teacher who is challenging her union’s demand that she pay dues that go to support political speech and positions that she disagrees with. A bunch of states already allow her to opt out of the payments, but not Illinois and California. Read more about the case... Read more »
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