State Senator Heather Steans and Stand for Children are ultimately responsible for Chicago school closings and the recent increase of charter school applications like the 18-district virtual charter initiated by K12 Inc. in the Chicago suburbs.
I started researching SB79 and HB 5825, the legislation that created and gave the Illinois Charter Commission super “override powers” and autonomy from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). If SB7 gave education activists concern, SB79 and HB 5825 should have started a five-alarm fire.
Submitted by Illinoisnoki1 on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 13:37
Springfield, Saturday Feb 23rd. At the PDA-Illinois Network's first state-wide meeting, chapter leaders, grassroots activists and allies heard six speakers address strategies for overcoming the challenges facing progressives in Illinois today. Read more »
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) launched a blistering attack on Defense Secretary nominee Hagel, asserting a direct link to Karl Marx:
"History shows that Marx not only read Hagel, but took his inspiration from him," said the Princeton-educated Harvard Law School graduate. "I should know. I was taught by at least 12 communist professors at Harvard." Read more »
Saturday, Jan. 19, Progressive Democrats of America-Northern Illinois and Occupy Rockford co-hosted a community forum on the Supreme Count's Jan. 21, 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision and the role of money in politics. Read more »
Submitted by Illinoisnoki1 on Mon, 02/04/2013 - 12:14
Illinois was well represented at PDA's Progressive Central event in Washington DC during Inaugural weekend. Attending were Bill Bianchi of PDA-Chicago, Eva Jehle of PDA Central Illinois, Jeanne Dauray of PDA N. E. Illinois and Conor Boylan. Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke. Below are reports from Bill, Eva and Jeanne. Read more »