Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis met with residents of the McKinley Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side Monday night and discussed how she would run City Hall if she were elected to be Chicago’s next mayor.
Lewis touched on a myriad of subjects ranging from budgeting, tax increment financing (TIF) and housing to confronting violence in Chicago at the Monday night forum, held at the New Era Windows Cooperative, 2600 W. 35th St., as part of the ongoing “Conversations with Karen” series.
“What qualifies me to be the mayor, is that I care deeply about this city and I care deeply about the entirety of the city,” she said.
Three major labor unions in Chicago want Mayor Rahm Emanuel to end ‘toxic’ interest-rate swaps with banks — deals they say cost the city and the public school district more than $100 million each year.
The country has made great strides in the 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law, but much remains to be accomplished, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL,11) said at a panel discussion on the topic in Darien Monday morning.
July 2 marked 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and natural origin.
"As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and all the steps forward ... we really have to continue to ask ourselves: What are the great civil right struggles that we face today," Foster asked at the talk with community members, held at the Indian Prairie Public Library in DuPage County.
Chicago Public Schools officials released their 2015 budget proposal this holiday week, unveiling the eyebrow-raising plan late Wednesday.
The budget overview, which states that pensions "continue to be the single largest driver in CPS's structural deficit," details a plan to fill its more than $876 million budget deficit by expanding the length of time in which it collects property taxes — a tactic that can only be used once and essentially dips into funds that would be made available for its 2016 budget.