Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Chicago Teachers Strike For The First Time In 25 Years, 25 Or 6 to 4

September 10, 2012

The smartest parents in Chicago right now are those whose kids attend charter schools, private schools, or parochial schools. Those institutions don’t employ Chicago’s unionized public-school teachers, who went out on strike this morning for the first time in 25 years.

The coverage of the strike has obscured some basic facts. The money has continued to pour into Chicago’s failing public schools in recent years. Chicago teachers have the highest average salary of any city at $76,000 a year before benefits. The average family in the city only earns $47,000 a year. Yet the teachers rejected a 16 percent salary increase over four years at a time when most families are not getting any raises or are looking for work.

The city is being bled dry by the exorbitant benefits packages negotiated by previous elected officials. Teachers pay only 3 percent of their health-care costs and out of every new dollar set aside for public education in Illinois in the last five years, a full 71 cents has gone to teacher retirement costs.

For Chicago to continue on this path they must be on drugs.. Chicago city plan currently 25 or 6 to 4. Private sector being decimated while public sector continue to live in the 60’s.

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Cal Tech Once Again A Winner… Winning Prestigious Reinvent The Toilet Fair

August 15, 2012

Microsoft co-founder turned global philanthropist Bill Gates on Tuesday launched a search for a new toilet better suited to developing countries.

The charitable foundation founded by Gates and his wife kicked off a “Reinvent the Toilet Fair” in Seattle and awarded prizes for promising innovations.

“Toilets are extremely important for public health and, when you think of it, even human dignity,” Gates said in a statement at thegatesnotes.com.

“The flush toilets we use in the wealthy world are irrelevant, impractical and impossible for 40 percent of the global population, because they often don’t have access to water, and sewers, electricity, and sewage treatment systems.”

The Toilet Fair was described as a swirl of about 200 inventors, designers, investors, partners and others passionate about creating safe, effective, and inexpensive waste management systems.

Universities from Britain, Canada, and the United States were awarded prizes in a competition launched a year ago challenging inventors to come up with a better toilet.

First place went to the California Institute of Technology for designing a solar-powered toilet that generates hydrogen gas and electricity.

Loughborough University came in second for a toilet that transforms waste into biological charcoal, minerals, and clean water.

Third place went to the University of Toronto for a toilet that sanitizes human waste and recovers minerals and water.

“Four in 10 people worldwide don’t have a safe way to poop,” the Gates Foundation said in a message beneath a Reinvent the Toilet video at its gatesfoundation.org website.

They call it The Chicago..

 

Government Considering Another Grand Experiment In Public Housing

August 11, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration may turn thousands of government-owned foreclosures into rental properties to help boost falling home prices.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency said Wednesday it is seeking input from investors on how to rent homes owned by government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration.

The U.S. government rescued Fannie and Freddie in September 2008 and has funded them since the financial crisis. The mortgage giants own or guarantee about half of the nation’s mortgages and nearly all new mortgages. Converting the homes into rentals may reduce “credit losses and help stabilize neighborhoods and home values,” said Edward DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie.

Obama administration considering more public housing.. Another grand experiment…

 

Some Chicago Schools Are Banning Home Made Lunches, Show Me The Money

April 11, 2011

Principal Elsa Carmona said her intention is to protect students from their own unhealthful food choices.

“Nutrition wise, it is better for the children to eat at the school,” Carmona said. “It’s about the nutrition and the excellent quality food that they are able to serve (in the lunchroom). It’s milk versus a Coke. But with allergies and any medical issue, of course, we would make an exception.”

Carmona said she created the policy six years ago after watching students bring “bottles of soda and flaming hot chips” on field trips for their lunch. Although she would not name any other schools that employ such practices, she said it was fairly common.

A Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman said she could not say how many schools prohibit packed lunches and that decision is left to the judgment of the principals.

Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in the pockets of the district’s food provider, Chartwells-Thompson. The federal government pays the district for each free or reduced-price lunch taken, and the caterer receives a set fee from the district per lunch.

Some Chicago schools ban home packed lunches to steal lunch money. Cafeteria lady knows best.

 

Rahm Emanuel Is Approved For the Ballot, Voters Unaware

January 28, 2011

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that Rahm Emanuel can stay on the ballot for mayor of Chicago,  saying in a unanimous decision that he meets the state’s residency requirements despite spending most of the last year as White House chief of staff.

The decision came without a moment to spare; early voting for the Feb. 22 city election begins Monday, Jan. 31.

“The voters deserved the right to make the choice of who should be mayor. And I think what the Supreme Court said was basically, in short, that the voters will make the decision who should be mayor. Nobody else should make it for them,” a victorious Emanuel said after slapping backs and shaking hands with commuters at the Clark and Lake elevated train stop near his downtown headquarters.

“The nice part was to be able to tell the news to voters, because a lot of people had not heard it,” Emanuel said.

Confused voters understanding the Chicago residence requirement  law thought the judges approved his appearance in the ballet not the ballot.

Eye View Prediction, Rahmses1 Will Become The Next Mayor Of Chicago

January 26, 2011

The staff in Sen. Mark Kirk’s office is “taking various wagers” on whether or not Rahm Emanuel will ultimately be eligible to run for mayor of Chicago.

Speaking after President Obama’s State of the Union address, Kirk said there’s intense interest in his office on how the Illinois Supreme Court will rule. 

Eye View prediction. Rahmses1 will become the next mayor of Chicago..

 

Emanual Refuses To “Buck Up” and Leaves Washington

October 4, 2010

WASHINGTON — Rahm Emanuel got a grand send-off from the White House  as he begins his run to become Chicago‘s next mayor.

Speaking from the East Room, President Barack Obama welcomed reporters to “the least suspenseful announcement of all time.” Confirming what has been widely reported, Obama said Emanuel was leaving the White House “to explore other opportunities.”

The president called it a “bittersweet day at the White House” and said he was losing an “incomparable leader of our staff.”

“He just brings an unmatched level of energy and commitment to every single thing he does,” Obama said after embracing Emanuel before a cheering White House assembly.

In a nod to the political sensitivities of his move, Emanuel never directly mentioned that he was running for mayor, and Obama didn’t touch that, either. Emanuel, sure to be cast as an outsider by his competitors in the upcoming mayoral campaign, did not want to announce his run from Washington.

Emanual refuses to “buck up” and stay in Washington. Time will tell if his decision to run for mayor of Chicago and deal with Blaggo corruption issues will be a major “f*ck up”.

Dems May Lose The House But Rahm Will Take Back His House, Or Else

September 28, 2010

It’s Chicago politics at its best

An effort by Chicago mayoral hopeful Rahm Emanuel to move back into his North Side home next month was axed by the man who leased it.

• The kicker: Sneed also hears rumbles there was a nixed request for Rahm to move into the basement of his leased home if the tenant didn’t move out.

• To wit: Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, who has been in the process of quickly building a network to run for mayor — had been trying to move back into his leased home at 4228 N. Hermitage.

• The upshot: Sneed has learned the tenant, Robert “Rob” P. Halpin, 59, who holds the lease with his wife, Lori, until June 2011, refused to budge.

“I’m told Rahm and a close lawyer friend made several polite phone calls to Halpin last week, but he bumped up against the wrong guy,” said a top Sneed source. “Halpin reportedly conducts his business from the house and his two kids are in school. He doesn’t want to move.”

In a telephone interview, Halpin, who described himself as an industrial real estate developer in the midst of heading to Louisville on business Monday, told Sneed: “Look, according to the lease I am not allowed to speak to the media about the house.”But I can tell you I have no plans to move.”

 House problems and possible residency problems.. In Chicago, Emanual will take back the house or else…

 

Eye View Political Theatre, The Cast of Chicago Coming To A Town Near You

July 20, 2010

Americans are beginning to wonder if Greece is the picture of the U.S.’ future. But we need look no further than the place where Obama and his team were trained in community organizing and bully tactics to redistribute the wealth: Illinois.

Illinois was the stomping ground for years for Obama, his top advisers Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, and his appointees such as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. After they promoted themselves to Washington to run the country, other Obama associates who didn’t make the cut continued to run Illinois into the ground, as the Illinois unemployment rate jumped from less than 5% to nearly 11%.

For years, we thought California was the most fiscally irresponsible of all 50 states, but Illinois has now taken the lead. A lengthy news article in the New York Times was headlined: “Illinois Stops Paying Its Bills, but Can’t Stop Digging Hole.

“The big-majority Democratic state legislature, defying Illinois’ balanced-budget law, has been passing deficit budgets for years. The new definition of a liberal is no longer tax-and-spend; it’s borrow-and-spend.

Chicago woes coming to a town near you..

 

Taste Of Chicago,The Hits Just Keep On Coming From The Windy City

July 9, 2010

When it comes to misinformed signage, bad news travels fast. A news producer in Chicago sent this booth sign to a New Orleans friend writing, “Sorry to say, I snapped this picture at the Taste of Chicago yesterday afternoon.” It was then forwarded to New Orleans food writer Lorin Gaudin who posted it on Twitter. 

“I was at the very first Taste of Chicago when Jane Byrne was Mayor. I am sick, just sick about that photo. Disgraceful,” she says of the “Our Lobster & Shrimp Are Not From the Gulf Coast” sign.

So Dear Chicago: We gave you Louis Armstrong. We gave you the playoffs of 2007. We gave you Gulf Coast seafood. Please investigate for yourself whether Gulf Coast seafood is safe and tested.