Category: Chicago govt

Michigan Avenue Mob Escalation

A large group of teenagers descend on downtown Chicago on a warm weekend evening, causing havoc for about an hour. A few people are pushed and shoved, traffic is disrupted and a few misdemeanor crimes take place. City residents shrug it off as just another “wilding” or “flash mob.” Tourists are significantly more alarmed and... Read more »

CTU to Blame for CPS School Closings

The Chicago Teachers Union is directly responsible for the closing of about 50 Chicago elementary schools announced today. When the CTU handily defeated Mayor Emanuel and his negotiators in September, they protected their member’s from the CPS fiscal squeeze at the expense of the schools themselves and the families who attend them. CTU negotiators knew... Read more »

You Missed the Biggest Story of the 2012 Election

Democrats now have unrestricted power in the State of Illinois. Going into last night, Illinois’s governor was already a Democrat. So was our Lt. Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General. The Democratic Party also had a 35 – 24 majority in the IL State Senate and a 64 – 54 majority in the IL... Read more »

CTU's Fantasy Plan

A commenter on a previous post pointed out to me that the Chicago Teachers Union released a document in February 2012 listing their plan for improving Chicago Public Schools. Since I was the one who lambasted the CTU for not releasing a plan of their own, I was very curious to read the contents of... Read more »

Chicago Young Republicans Parody "Call Me Maybe"

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“Call Me Maybe” AKA “The CYRs Are Calling, Baby” Lyrics: I cast my vote in the booth, Hoping and praying for truth But Obama took it all And now he’s in my way I’d trade my soul for a job, Pennies and dimes all I got I never asked for all this And now he’s... Read more »

Chicago's Slow Burning Financial Crisis

Give Mayor Emanuel some credit. He did more in one year to improve Chicago’s city budget position than former mayor Richard Daley did in the previous decade and a half. However, all Emanuel’s tax/fee increases, layoffs and reorganizations of city departments have still left the city with a $369 million deficit in the 2013 budget.... Read more »