Posts in category "Chicago Politics"

The death of Hadiya Pendleton: Is Chicago safe for children?

The death of Hadiya Pendleton: Is Chicago safe for children?
“It’s very painful to see your big sister get slaughtered.” A ten year-old boy had to utter those words because his 15 year old sister, Hadiya Pendleton, died after being shot in the back while she was hanging out with friends in a North Kenwood park. Hadiya was an honors student at King College Prep,... Read more »

New Year– and New Chicago Parking Meter Rates

New Year– and New Chicago Parking Meter Rates
Mayor Richard M. Daley: the gift that keeps on giving. Even if you did not resolve to continue getting nickeled and dimed by local government in 2013, you will.  Due to the 75 year deal our old *friend* Mayor Daley signed (prior to ramming it through the spineless City Council), parking meter rates increase again... Read more »

Fixing Chicago schools should be a priority– the teachers’ strike seeks to maintain the status quo

Fixing Chicago schools should be a priority– the teachers’ strike seeks to maintain the status quo
Below is something I posted in September 2011. A year later, very few questions on how to make the system better have been answered– today, teachers are concerned about evaluations, with the union being more concerned about keeping the status quo rather than fixing as product that clearly needs fixing. How come the dropout rate... Read more »
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Chicago Teachers’ Strike: It’s about teacher accountability, not the students

Chicago Teachers’ Strike: It’s about teacher accountability, not the students
Driving to work Monday morning, I found myself a little pissed off at the teachers picketing on the streets, rather than teaching in the classroom. I actually felt guilty about this teachers’ strike causing me to see red. I felt like Sean Hannity locked in a small room listening to a “Best of Barack Obama”... Read more »

With the mess of sweetheart deals coming to light—what will Mayor Daley’s legacy be?

With the mess of sweetheart deals coming to light—what will Mayor Daley’s legacy be?
Mayor Daley:  Do you care what Chicagoans think of you?  Do you care that Chicagoans feel like you screwed us over? Do you feel guilt?  Or do you giggle?  Or do you think you deserved it?  These are some of the questions that go through my mind when I read Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune detailing another... Read more »

Judicial Evaluations for March 20th Primary

Judicial Evaluations for March 20th Primary
Tuesday is the Illinois primary election. Did the lightbulb go on? That’s why you’re seeing all those Romney commercials! If you are like me, every time I get into the voting booth I am bombarded with 100 candidates for judge and I know roughly one-third of them. I’m a lawyer and I only know about... Read more »
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New Year– New Parking Meter Rates (and new toll rates!)

New Year– New Parking Meter Rates (and new toll rates!)
Mayor Richard M. Daley: the gift that keeps on giving. Even if you did not resolve to continue getting nickeled and dimed by local government in 2012, you will. Due to the 75 year deal Mayor Daley signed (prior to ramming it through the spineless City Council), parking meter rates increase today. In the loop–... Read more »

The First Lady of Chicago, Maggie Daley, 1943-2011

The First Lady of Chicago, Maggie Daley, 1943-2011
The former first lady of Chicago, Maggie Daley, 68, died yesterday just after 6pm, in her home with her family by her side. “The mayor and his family would like to thank the people of Chicago for the kindness they have shown Mrs. Daley over the years, and they appreciate your prayers at this time,” said... Read more »

Mayor Emanuel to City deadbeats: Pay up or lose your job

Mayor Emanuel to City deadbeats: Pay up or lose your job
In the week before unveiling his budget for 2012, and looking to make up for the city’s $650 million shortfall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently decreed that city employees who owe the city money– in parking tickets, water bills, fines or other city fees– must either pay up by October 31, 2011, or risk being suspended from... Read more »
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Fixing Chicago Public Schools should be a priority

Fixing Chicago Public Schools should be a priority
My child is not yet three years old. Recently, my wife attempted to warm me up to the concept that we will have to pay application fees (potentially nonrefundable) to apply for a spot in a good preschool. So after taking time to research schools, tour the schools and send in applications on behalf of a three year... Read more »