Category: education

UNO Charter Schools Reform Chairman Resigns Abruptly After 3 Months!

UNO Charter Schools Reform Chairman Resigns Abruptly After 3 Months!
Imagine that – UNO Reform Chairman Resigns Abruptly After 3 Months! Well folks, somehow that news just doesn’t surprise me and the official statement by Martin Cabrera Jr. that he was leaving “because of a difference of philosophy and mission” was not only expected by me but something of a validation in what I had... Read more »

The Man Who Has Hurt Education Most Says Gambling Expansion Will Hurt Schools

The Man Who Has Hurt Education Most Says Gambling Expansion Will Hurt Schools
Man – talk about the pot calling the kettle black on education! But hey, we should be used to that from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. This is a man who has made talking out of both sides of his mouth an art form! But let’s not kid ourselves for a moment – Governor Pat Quinn... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Union Files Unfair Labor Complaint

Chicago Teachers Union Files Unfair Labor Complaint
The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has accused the governing board of the Chicago Public Schools of “unfair labor practices and coercing union members” at schools to sign waivers, which allow them to opt out of the existing teachers contract and has now filed a complaint with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. The CTU complaint... Read more »
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Illinois Democrats Tout Education Then Cut The Shit Out Of Funding

Illinois Democrats Tout Education Then Cut The Shit Out Of Funding
How many times must we hear the same old refrain on how committed our hapless Democratic leadership is to education? They obviously don’t believe a single word of what they say. I mean how could they? They have cut the shit out of education funding while not paying their obligations. Now another $171 million is... Read more »

Illinois' 6,994 Local Government Units Just Adds To The Tax Burdens

Illinois' 6,994 Local Government Units Just Adds To The Tax Burdens
Illinois, it seems, leads the nation in something. Illinois has 6,994 local government units, with the majority of those wielding taxing authority. Anyone paying property taxes knows that they pay into multiple taxing bodies. My last tax bill listed some 13 different units with the school district taking the bulk of it, however there were... Read more »

No Confidence Vote In Rochester Lands Jean-Claude Brizard In Chicago

No Confidence Vote In Rochester Lands Jean-Claude Brizard In Chicago
Rahm Emanuel said that Jean-Claude Brizard was an “experienced educator and proven manager,” while Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, pointed out that the Rochester Teachers Association had an entirely different opinion of the man named to head the Chicago Public School System. Apparently Rochester Teachers gave Brizard a 95% vote of no-confidence just two... Read more »
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Huckster Quinn Wants To Borrow $110 Million For Peotone White Elephant

Huckster Quinn Wants To Borrow $110 Million For Peotone White Elephant
Illinois Governor, Pat “Huckster” Quinn, wants to borrow $110 million to buy 2,500 acres of farmland for the White Elephant known as Peotone Airport. Justifying that borrowing is the contention that the cost of the farmland is at “bargain basement” levels. Seems to me that the Huckster would want to borrow the money to pay... Read more »

A Frank Discussion With Illinois State Representative Tom Cross

A Frank Discussion With Illinois State Representative Tom Cross
Representative Tom Cross (R-Oswego) happens to my representative as well as the minority leader in the Illinois House. And even though I don’t always agree with the man, he has been mostly good for our district and accessible. This past week was no exception. I began my dialogue with Representative Cross via an email that... Read more »

Republicans Want Austerity Programs While Post 9/11 Intelligence Complex Costs Skyrocket

Republicans Want Austerity Programs While Post 9/11 Intelligence Complex Costs Skyrocket
Republicans swept into the House of Representatives giving them control while handing the president a bitter pill to swallow. Sure, government spending has been out of control for a long time. Unfortunately, most spending is not for the benefit of the people. Well, regular people anyway. The United States has long supported a secret government... Read more »
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African Slave Reparations? I Have A Better Idea!

African Slave Reparations? I Have A Better Idea!
Chicago Mayoral Candidate, Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins raised the subject of African Slave Reparations during last night’s six candidate free-for-all debate. As we know, this has been a divisive and controversial subject for some time now. There are many pros and cons on the subject, but, I for one do not believe that it is practical,... Read more »