Too Much Credit For "Stand"?

Today’s news is dominated with wrapup stories about the primaries — many of them focused on the role Stand For Children IL may have played in the races where it placed bets.  Anyone else curious that Stand is making their role so public (press release, publicity availabilities) given what happened last year?  Also, is it realistic to say that Stand caused these victories to happen in any measurable way? Sure, a little money goes a long way in an obscure state legislative race, but there are other donors and dynamics going on.  Many of the candidates Stand supported were also EIA and IFT endorsed.  Has Stand learned its lesson?  Has the media?

Stand for Children-endorsed candidates sweep elections WBEZ:  Stand for Children put more than $420,000 into the election, including $150,000 in contributions to the leadership…

Editorial: Follow the money to see who makes the winners Sun Times:  In the 15 months leading up to Tuesday’s primary, Stand for Children gave candidates $149,000.

Illinois Primaries Postmortem: If You Care, Which Few Seemed To Whet Moser:  Low turnout, a big victory for Rahm, a respectable victory for the local Democratic establishment, a substantial (if completely predictable) victory for Mitt Romney: an uneventful Illinois primary for the most important election since 1860.

The voters have spoken—God help us all! Ben Joravsky:  We’re clustered around Mondragon’s Blackberry, checking out the earliest returns. With 4 percent of the vote in, he’s got 25 percent of the vote and Munoz has 75 percent. That’s independent Democrat as in all of the local party bosses are supporting his opponent—state senator Antonio Munoz.…

Guzzardi Wants Every Vote Counted In 39th District Race Against Berrios (UPDATED) Progress Illinois:  The last precinct is in. According to the Chicago Board of Elections, the final difference in votes betweeen the two candidates is 111, with Berrios taking the win.

Berrios vs. Guzzardi: too close to call with 98% of votes reported Chicago Talks:  Since summer last year, both candidates emphasized door-to-door canvassing in the largely Hispanic district that includes parts of Logan Square, Belmont Cragin and Hermosa neighborhoods. Julia Helton, a bakery manager in Logan Square, […]

“Fraud at Polls!!!” Capitol House Speaker Michael Madigan defeated Michele Piszczor 76-17 yesterday, but that didn’t stop Piszczor from claiming she was robbed… “I know he cheated,” Piszczor said to Progress Illinois in the Marriott lobby. “If I lost fair and square, OK. The fact that you cheated to get to where you’re at, no, you didn’t win.”

Illinois primary results: Winners and losers Chicago Reporter: The Chicago Board of Elections only finished counting all of the ballots in the Democratic primary for 39th District state representative late Wednesday. In the end, incumbent Toni Berrios topped challenger Will Guzzardi by a mere 111 votes. But, provisional and absentee ballots have yet to be counted. T

Tabares’ Slim Win Over Lozano In The Illinois 21st District House Race Progress IL: Tabares had most notably earned backing from longtime Chicago Alderman Ed Burke (14th). According to the Sun-Times she also earned about $50,000 from Stand for Children, an organization focused on anti-union education reform. Meanwhile, Lozano was endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU*, and Illinois’ American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

Chicago Public Schools ‘disinvesting’ in Emmet School, say advocates Austin Weekly:  The LSC hosted a press conference March 16 at Robert Emmet Elementary School, 5500 W. Madison “to educate parents, educators, community stakeholders and elected officials about theChicago Public Schools disinvestment in Robert Emmet School.”

Study: Program designed for diplomats’ kids helps CPS kids’ chances in college Sun Times: Those students who completed a Chicago neighborhood IB program were more than 40 percent more likely to attend a four-year college and 50 percent more likely to go to a selective or better college than similar students, an analysis by the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School Research found.

Selective Enrollment Pressures Parents Fox:  It would be hard to overstate the frenzy to get into one of Chicago’s nine selective enrollment high schools. Parents and kids alike are feeling the pressure.


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  • The primary reason that Stand for Children issued their triunphant press release was for the benefit of their powerful philanthropic supporters. Most of these conservative foundations require that not for profits that they donate to keep quantifiable veriable data on their achievements or lack thereof. The press release will be used a evidence of meeting various expectations established for Stand for Children. This is a common practice.

    Rod Estvan

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