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24

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AFSCME Member: Use Prison Inmates to Ransom Rauner, Illinois

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Capitol Fax‘s Rich Miller is fond of referring the agencies, contractors, and social service providers caught up in the state’s ongoing budget impasse as “hostages.”  Just today he has a post up on DeWitt County senior services organization closing, entitled “Hostage dies.”

An aside: Just a week ago, Miller was fretting about “escalating rhetoric” that was getting “over the top.” This was in reference to an Illinois Policy Institute columnist calling House Speaker Mike Madigan a “king.”  Apparently “hostage dies” is a paragon of reasonable and measured rhetoric, but calling the most powerful politician in the state a “king” is a bridge too far.  Because, obviously.  Or something.

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Jun
23

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Is It Time for Chicago to Embrace the B-Word: Bankruptcy?

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Few concepts seem to create more confusion than bankruptcy.

Recently, Hulk Hogan was awarded $140 million in damages in a lawsuit he brought against Gawker Media, which had released a decade-old sex tape involving Hogan and the wife of a media personality.  Three months after the verdict was reached, Gawker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  Critics and haters of the Gawker media empire —which includes the sports website Deadspin, the video game site Kotaku, the tech site Gizmodo, among others — hailed the bankruptcy filing as the end of Gawker, forever and ever, amen.

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Jun
23

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Reporters Should Grill Madigan the Same Way They Grill Rauner

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As Rich Miller noted on Capitol Fax, reporters were grilling Governor Bruce Rauner during a Q&A session in Springfield on Tuesday:

“A Springfield reporter (Bruce Rushton) ask[ed] Gov. Rauner today why we haven’t seen, ‘a solid budget proposal out of you for a year and a half.’ The reporter made the mistake of throwing in some stuff about the Turnaround Agenda, so Rauner said he disagreed with much of what the reporter said and focused solely on the ‘non-budget’ angle.”

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Jun
22

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Schools Students Deserve or Salaries CTU Wants?

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School’s out for the summer, which means it’s time for the members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) to go on vacation, take a break and relax, teach summer school, stage protests and rallies. According to the official CTU website, an event entitled “Demand the Schools and City our Students Deserve!” will take place on Wednesday, June 22. Participating CTU members will be camping out at several locations across the city. According to the event page:

“With hundreds of millions in cuts threatened, the mayor and CEO of Chicago Public Schools want to pin all our hopes on a gridlocked Springfield. City Hall needs to take responsibility. For years, the Chicago Teachers Union has lobbied in Springfield and Chicago for progressive revenue that can provide the funds needed for the schools our students deserve. Rahm never supported any of those bills (Millionaires Tax, LaSalle Street Financial Transactions Tax, swaps lawsuits, etc.) that CTU worked for. Now, Rahm and Claypool want all eyes on Rauner. Springfield needs to come up with more money, but they are much less likely to act if the mayor and city council don’t demonstrate that they will embrace progressive revenue solutions in the city.”

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Jun
21

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Chicago Teachers Union Expels Teacher for Doing His Job

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“All members are well aware of what happens to strike breakers[.]”

There you have it.  The Chicago Teachers Union in one sentence.  Comply or be punished.  Prioritize engaging in political activism over any obligations to your students or we’ll drop the hammer on you.  And that’s exactly what happened to Joseph Ocol.

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