Chicago teacher’s union leader – “Rich, white people” part of the education system’s problems

Staying classy! Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teacher’s Union also claims she was “a girl who could throw a perfect slider” when she was growing up. OK, I don’t believe that for a second, but we do know she believes the rich, white people in Chicago are a problem for the cities school system.

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Chicago gun crime – Illinois congressman looking to handgun ban

Incrementalism. If the Newtown shooter had murdered 20 young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary using a handgun, would the gun-control politicians and talking heads be demanding a handgun ban? People keep telling me handguns will not be banned, but they are not only on the “secret” list, it’s openly being discussed.

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In Chicago – 42 dead from gunfire in the first 30 days of January

This is devastating for a city no doubt, but one thing you won’t hear from me is the this-is-what-happens-when-you-ban-guns argument. There are too many variables involved and I won’t be pulled into the “Chicago is a gun control bellwether” argument.

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Obamacare to become more expensive

Luckily, Obamacare has now been passed so we can see what is in it. But, the picture just keeps getting worse. Read more

Illinois state senator has a carry permit – Tried to get on plane with gun

Of course, if you are a regular Joe or Jane in Illinois, you are completely forbidden from carrying a concealed weapon anywhere in the state. There does not even seem to be a process to apply for one … unless you’re a state senator who happens to be running for Jesse Jackson Jr’s (D-Ill.) vacant US House seat and moonlights as a “security guard.”

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Chicago is what’s wrong with the American public education system (Update)

Exactly what I expected from the City of Chicago … a complete cave to the teachers union that will result in status quo test scores, embarrassing graduation rates and horrible skill sets for kids “graduating” from the Chicago school system.

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How much is Chicago paying for police bodyguards to protect aldermans?

I want to know the names and positions of all of the Chicago city employees and political blowhards who have their own taxpayer-funded protection detail. Yesterday, we learned one alderman has had two officers assigned to him 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 25 years.

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Nanny State: Students forbidden from bringing lunch from home

Is this isolated or does it happen in other places too? A Chicago public elementary school forbids students from bringing their own lunches to school in and effort to control what they eat.

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Rahm Emanuel’s bid for Chicago Mayor put on hold UPDATE

An appeals court in Illinois has just ruled that Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former Chief of Staff, is ineligible to run for Mayor of Chicago because he has not meet the city’s residency requirements.  You may recall that a Cook County judge had ruled earlier that he did meet the requirements, and, thus, was eligible to run.

I’ll update this later as soon as I can get more specifics of the court’s ruling, but, thought you might be interested in the latest news on what is bound to be a continuing saga.


Should you care to do so, you can read the entire 42 page decision of the Illinois court here.  But, “distilled to its basics” (as we lawyers would say), the court held that the Chicago ordinance that requires a candidate to “reside in” the city for one year before being eligible to run means that the candidate must “live in” the city for that period of time.  An intention to return and leaving some belongings there doesn’t do it.  Resorting to some 200 years of history, the court felt that a candidate cannot “know the wants and demands of his constituency”, unless he or she is actually present in the community for the required period of time.

Bringing civility to Chicago politics – the progressive liberal way

Let me make the point clear. By not walking out of this political rally – during his own introduction while he was on stage – Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) makes it clear he agrees with, or at least has no issue with, the statements made by state Sen. Rickey Hendon. This readers, is what Democrats think is civil.

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