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Without a Passed Bill This Week, Chicago Must Announce School Closings by Saturday

No matter where you live in Illinois, your legislators will hear from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week. Emanuel’s Chicago Public Schools desperately wants a change in state law so it will have until March to decide which of up to 120 schools it will close as it struggles to balance its budget. If lawmakers don’t pass a bill this week, the district will have to announce all closure plans by Saturday

Journalist Natasha Korcecki: “Blago was radioactive” but politicians dealt with him anyway

Jesse Jackson Jr. was part of “a whole cadre of politicians who knew Blagojevich was radioactive, but dealt with him anyway,” writes Natasha Korecki.  Korecki covered both Blago trials for the Sun-Times and had a ringside seat as prosecutors untangled the web of corruption that defined the Blagojevich administration. Her book, “Only in Chicago: How the Rod Blagojevich Scandal Engulfed Illinois; Embroiled Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and Jesse Jackson Jr. and Enthralled the Nation,” details a dark chapter in Illinois’ political history.

More Politicians Demand Jesse Jackson Jr. Explanation

Political allies who mostly stayed quiet about U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. as he sought mental health treatment and stayed out of public view are speaking up about the congressman’s future.

Word of a pending plea bargain on corruption allegations has changed the outlook on Jackson. “The fact is, if this is honest and accurate, then it raises some serious questions about his continued service in Congress,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Jackson needs to talk to the people who reelected him last week about what’s going on. http://cbsloc.al/STuGgM (via CBS Chicago)


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Brizard Out as Chicago Public School CEO

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, one of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s top hires, resigned Thursday after 17 months on the job. He was the school system’s fourth CEO in four years and leaves in the wake of a seven-day teachers’ strike during which Brizard largely was absent.


Rahm Talks Business with Crain’s

Video of the Day – Regardless of where you live in Illinois, you should check out this interview with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Crain’s Chicago Business. Emanuel’s explanation of his education reform strategy (at the 36:23 mark) is especially enlightening.

Even Rahm Has to Answer to the State Pension Issue

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s biggest financial problem comes not from the city he runs, but from the state capital 200 miles south. Unless lawmakers in Springfield act to change the way public pensions are funded, the city in 2015 will have to come up with another $700 million for two of its four municipal pension funds. That’s a total of $1.2 billion – 22 percent of the entire city budget – to fund pensions for city workers.

U.S. Cellular Field DOES Have a Matchup this October: Quinn v Emanuel

There’s nothing like a couple of powerful politicians battling it out in public over who gets to grant a prize political plum. In this case it’s Gov. Pat Quinn vs. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over appointing the head of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority. Quinn has nominated his spokeswoman, Kelly Kraft. He says Emanuel is “assassinating her character” by publicizing details of Kraft’s bankruptcy filing three years ago. http://trib.in/TqPGzu

Are Charter Schools REALLY the solution?

So, you think charter schools are the answer to a public school system that fails many of its students? Pull out your stats and put up your dukes, says Ben Joravsky of the Chicago Reader.

Chicago Teachers Union vs. Emanuel

The Chicago teachers’ strike made Chicago the focus of national attention as a powerful Democratic mayor squared off against an equally powerful teachers’ union. Today the Chicago Teachers Union is set to vote on the contract at the center of the strike. Whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel or the CTU “won” is open to debate. Who didn’t win? Students, who lost seven school days. 

Rahm Eyes Expanding Charter Schools

With Chicago students back in the classroom, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is free to push ahead with a key component in his effort to reform the city’s public education system — the expansion of charter schools. Chicago’s charters reported a higher graduation rate for the year ending in June 2011 than CPS did — 73.8% to 60.6%, according to state and CPS records.

A Civic Federation report found that most local networks were in good financial health, and it found that charter schools tend to spend a smaller percentage of their expenses on instruction than CPS. Researcher David Stuit, a consultant to charters and other public schools, said the ability for charters to operate more cheaply is made possible by the charter workforce, which is typically nonunion and tends to be made up of young, entry-level teachers. But many of them leave due to the lack of potential for income growth.

Appendix F of the second report by Mayor Emanuel’s ethics reform task force is a diagram showing how alleged violations of the city’s current ethics ordinance are investigated and resolved. The task force members call it “the spaghetti chart.”

According to the Tribune editorial board, it’s migraine-inducing. Suffice it to say, the process is complicated — needlessly, deliberately complicated. What goes in may never come out, and you, the taxpayer, are supposed to take it on faith that alleged ethical breaches are being vetted rigorously and dealt with properly. A new process, streamlined and more transparent, is recommendation No. 38 in the task force report. The mayor’s office will draft a proposed ordinance based on those suggestions. The changes would go a long way toward fulfilling Emanuel’s promised ethics reforms, but only if he fights all attempts to water them down.

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