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December 28, 2012
[It’s] an unfortunate and tragic milestone, which not only marks a needless loss of life but serves as a reminder of the damage that illegal guns and conflicts between gangs cause in our neighborhoods.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel • Reflecting on the 500th homicide in his city this year, which took place on Chicago’s west side on Thursday. ”The brave officers of the Chicago Police Department work tirelessly to continually reduce crime, but this is not just a law enforcement issue,” Emanuel continued. It’s the first time the city has topped that total since 2008, when there were 512 murders.
12:29 // 1 year ago
September 19, 2012

Three major strike victories for Chicago teachers

  • one The Chicago Teachers’ Union earned a double-digit increase in salary over the next three years, which — while not including the jump in base pay they were hoping for, will help teachers’ costs of living over the next few years.
  • two The union also got the city to agree to limit how far a new teacher-evaluation system goes in using standardized testing as a key factor. The city wanted it to count for 40 percent of the evaluation; the union talked it down to 30 percent.
  • three The union also secured a recall policy in the case of closing schools, offering 12 weeks pay or 40 weeks in the reassignment pool to teachers waiting to find new jobs. If there is an opening at the school where their students were reassigned, the teachers can follow those students. source
9:30 // 1 year ago
September 11, 2012
sonicbloom11:

This is the man behind the “Rahm Emanuel likes Nickelback” sign at the Chicago Teachers’ Union strike. Mike Konkoleski is a tenth grade math teacher.

Expecting a denial from Rahm’s camp about this one, too.

sonicbloom11:

This is the man behind the “Rahm Emanuel likes Nickelback” sign at the Chicago Teachers’ Union strike. Mike Konkoleski is a tenth grade math teacher.

Expecting a denial from Rahm’s camp about this one, too.

19:06 // 1 year ago
Thanks for clearing that up for us, NPR. 

Thanks for clearing that up for us, NPR. 

17:43 // 1 year ago
February 14, 2012

Kid wins award from City of Chicago for drawing vehicle sticker. Kid has picture taken with Rahm Emanuel. Kid has award taken away after city officials think said award featured hands showing off a gang sign. Kid (above) shown on TV crying over lost award. Kid claims award had nothing to do with gangs. … Kid’s dad, it turns out, is wanted for being in a gang. Kid the first kid beat won’t let city use her runner-up sticker. Kid’s bummer of a story leads city to start over and design sticker in house. Everyone else facepalms.

11:24 // 2 years ago
October 25, 2011

Occupy Chicago: Nurses union protests controversial Grant Park arrests

  • cause Early Sunday, police arrested two members of National Nurses United who cared for protesters at Occupy Chicago, in the process ignoring Grant Park’s closing time of 11 pm. They were among 100 people arrested.
  • reaction After getting out of jail on Monday morning, the nurses were joined by more than two dozen fellow union members outside of Mayor Emanuel’s office on the fifth floor of Chicago’s City Hall, causing a bit of an emotional scene. source

» Hiding a story from the media? The nurses arrested suggest that police were trying to hide an awkward scene from the cameras. “We were among the last protesters released, for no good reason that we can tell, except for they clearly knew when the media cameras had left,” said Jan Rodolfo, the Midwest director for NNU. “We were tearful and exhausted and shell shocked.” Rodolfo was among those arrested; her court date has been set for November 15.

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0:04 // 2 years ago
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May 24, 2011
Trial of the Century: Blagojevich may testify in his own defense
Big day for Blago? The Chicago Tribune is reporting that “sources” indicate disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich may take the stand to testify in his own defense. We forgive you if you’re skeptical, as we heard repeated proclamations from the man himself that he would testify in his last trial, only for his defense to rest without his name being called. Now in his retrial, will Blagojevich give the public what they want? His defense team has also implied they might call some high-profile witnesses from the political world, among them Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. source
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Big day for Blago? The Chicago Tribune is reporting that “sources” indicate disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich may take the stand to testify in his own defense. We forgive you if you’re skeptical, as we heard repeated proclamations from the man himself that he would testify in his last trial, only for his defense to rest without his name being called. Now in his retrial, will Blagojevich give the public what they want? His defense team has also implied they might call some high-profile witnesses from the political world, among them Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. source

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15:58 // 3 years ago
April 7, 2011
essjaye:

frontpages:
A SHUTDOWN? WHAT IF …
Friend or foe? Emanuel tries to size up aldermen
Sox come home on winning note
NU says prof doctored records, lied
A lightning rod gets ready to bolt
Recount likely in Wisconsin
WEATHER
Gas prices becoming a worry for Obama

I certainly hope that top headline didn’t go out that way.

Oh God, we hope it did. It’s like they got fancy with the bottom hed and forgot to fix the top one. Can any Chicago residents confirm this?

essjaye:

frontpages:

  1. A SHUTDOWN? WHAT IF …
  2. Friend or foe? Emanuel tries to size up aldermen
  3. Sox come home on winning note
  4. NU says prof doctored records, lied
  5. A lightning rod gets ready to bolt
  6. Recount likely in Wisconsin
  7. WEATHER
  8. Gas prices becoming a worry for Obama

I certainly hope that top headline didn’t go out that way.

Oh God, we hope it did. It’s like they got fancy with the bottom hed and forgot to fix the top one. Can any Chicago residents confirm this?

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10:31 // 3 years ago
March 23, 2011
Rahm [Emanuel] doesn’t scream and shout at me, ‘cause he knows better. I’ll just tell him to go to Hell and move on.
Bart Stupak • Reflecting on the passage of health care reform last year, and his dealings with Obama’s old right hand man. The former congressman from Michigan says that he is “proud to have voted for [health care reform],” despite still getting “accosted” by the law’s detractors. source (viafollow)
22:41 // 3 years ago