Submitted by Illinoisnoki1 on Wed, 09/26/2012 - 14:33
By Guy Miller
The strike was an overwhelming huge victory which I will explain.
First, there was Madison, a welcome flash of lightning awakening us from the long, quiet night of labor passivity. The events came fast and hard and thousands flowed into the capital square and were ready for a showdown.
But, with a vacuum of street leadership, it only took a few weeks for the Democratic Party and the union bureaucracy to channel this potential energy into a moribund recall Governor Walker effort. Read more »
"So much for Democratic harmony," is the way Herold Meyerson chose to start his op-ed in The Washington Post analyzing the ramifications of the current Chicago teachers strike on the well being of the Democratic party. Read more »
Submitted by Illinoisnoki1 on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 13:38
Governor Quinn exercised his veto power late on Friday to kill a bill which would have forced natural gas utilities across the state to purchase synthetic gas from a new facility which was slated for construction on [Chicago's] southeast side. The new plant would have converted coal into a natural gas substitute from a formerly abandoned industrial property along the Calumet River.
The General Assembly's bill locked utilities into purchasing the fake gas at prices double the current market rate for the next 30 years, as noted by Crain's: Read more »
Submitted by Illinoisnoki1 on Mon, 08/06/2012 - 11:31
The Latest Chicago Public Schools Skirmish
by Whet Moser - Chicago Magazine | 08/01/2012
Recently ten aldermen, with the support of a coalition that includes the Chicago Teachers Union, moved to put a non-binding resolution on the fall ballot in support of an elected school board, like 96 percent of U.S. school districts (as of 2008). It was submitted to the city clerk three minutes late, so Joe Moore, chair of the Human Relations Committee, quashed it. Read more »
In the film "A Tale of Two Missions," Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about Nobel Street Charter Schools having a "secret sauce" to success. What's in that sauce? The answers may shock you.
Video after the jump.