Archive for June 2014

Avoiding Responsibility: The Schools They Don’t Want

Avoiding Responsibility: The Schools They Don’t Want
By RA Monaco The Mayor’s decisions are about figuring out how they can cut-off parts of the school system that they just don’t want to have responsibility for anymore.  Commanding By Fear and Demanding Compliance Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s loss of support in Chicago’s minority communities foreshadows his reelection.  Despite the CNN stage-crafted “Rahmbo” image, the... Read more »

The New Machine: Charter Schools

The New Machine: Charter Schools
By RA Monaco Charter school operators aren’t the only one’s not being held accountable—a major complaint of the Chicago Teachers Union—it’s the machine politicians angling for electoral support and continued political power.  The War on Independents Wages On Battle lines were once again drawn between Chicago’s machine democrats and independent democrats when Ald. Toni Foulkes... Read more »

No One Over Fifty Left

No One Over Fifty Left
By RA Monaco “Middle-ageism” has become a stereotype that threatens to diminish the value of a whole—even younger—age class.   A person known to me as a director of a large corporation headquartered here in Chicago casually mentioned that since the nation’s claimed financial recovery in 2009, they had no one over fifty left on their... Read more »
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Jazz on a Perfect Summer Breeze

Jazz on a Perfect Summer Breeze
By RA Monaco ELMHURST – A warm nostalgia carried on a perfect summer breeze to the unqualified embrace of an audience who, from their living rooms mostly, shared the 30 years that Doc Severinsen led the NBC Orchestra on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Saturday night’s June Jazz: A Summer Extravaganza, at the Elmhurst... Read more »

Aldermanic Hopeful Steps-Up for 15th Ward Race

Aldermanic Hopeful Steps-Up for 15th Ward Race
By RA Monaco Aldermanic hopeful Rafael Yañez, Ed.D. steps-up for 15th Ward race. Last year, when 41 city council members voted to accept gerrymandering of the 15th Ward, it was just one more decision being made downtown without the input of residents from its four communities. In the eyes of recently declared aldermanic candidate Rafael... Read more »