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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jul 24, 2013

Aldermen Introduce TIF Surplus Ordinance, Wrigley Revamp Gets The OK At Bustling Council Meeting

Progress Illinois recaps some of the highlights from Wednesday's city council meeting.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Mon Jul 22, 2013

Should We Bring In The Illinois National Guard To Combat Chicago Violence?

Gov. Pat Quinn should call on the Illinois National Guard to fight the violence in Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods, according to State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago). But at least two Chicagoans who have lost loved ones to gun violence think military involvement is a bad idea.

“This violence needs to stop today,” said Davis in an interview with Progress Illinois. “The National Guard goes into communities based on the governor’s request, when there’s a natural disaster or civil unrest. It is my belief that we are suffering from civil unrest in this city.”

The city has logged nearly 230 homicides for the year, as of July 22, according to RedEye Chicago’s homicide tracker. More than 85 percent of the recorded murders were from gunshot wounds.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Jul 19, 2013

CTU Blames CPS Budget Deficit, Layoffs On District's Failure To Raise Revenue (VIDEO)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and officials from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have not shown a good faith effort to pursue revenue as a means of offsetting the district’s staggering deficit, according to Jesse Sharkey, vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).

Sharkey’s comments came during a media event Friday, in the wake of more than 2,000 layoffs in the school system, bringing the total to roughly 3,000 when it comes to the number of teacher and support staff personnel that have been laid off this summer thus far.

“The school district has lots of options,” Sharkey said. “If the mayor took the same amount of energy and initiative to pursue revenue for the schools that he’s taken to pursue revenue when it comes to an infrastructure trust, or that he’s taken when it comes to a river walk, bicycle program, NATO conference, and other things ... There’s a number of ways they could find revenue.”

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Jul 19, 2013

Logan Square Residents Pledge To Keep The Heat On Chicago’s TIF Program

Activists at a Logan Square community meeting vowed to keep the attention on Chicago’s tax increment financing program (TIF) in light of harmful public school budget cuts and news of massive teacher layoffs Thursday night. 

Dozens of community members at the CivicLab’s Logan Square TIF meeting discussed ways to put more heat on city officials to declare a TIF surplus as a means to help plug the school district’s reported $1 billion budget deficit. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Raise Your Hand For Illinois Public Education, some elected officials and other local groups have been pushing the mayor to declare a surplus as a means to help financially stabilize the school district.  

“The city intentionally obscures how our property taxes are used to subsidize projects for private business. Our tax money is used to create private wealth,” said Marilena Marchetti, a Logan Square resident and CTU member. “Given the situation our school district is in, this makes no sense at all.”

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
Thu Jul 18, 2013

Outraged Parents Seek Explanation For CPS Budget Cuts (VIDEO)

Officials from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) had few answers Wednesday night for community residents outraged over devastating district-wide budget cuts that threaten to deprive students of much-needed teachers and resources next year. Progress Illinois was there for the heated meeting.

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Wed Jul 17, 2013

Op-Ed: Urban Agenda, 'Now Go Out and Make Me Do It' - Facade of Recovery Hides Broad Failures in Urban Areas

The following was written by Dick Simpson, former Chicago alderman and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

American cities and metropolitan regions are in crisis. Suburbs as well as inner cities.

At Operation PUSH’s International Convention on July 7th, scholars, pubic officials, civil rights leaders, and citizens met to hammer out a new urban and metropolitan agenda to meet this crisis. There has not been a national urban agenda since the Carter administration three decades ago. The Office of Urban Affairs that President Obama opened when he went to the White House has been impotent.

Consider the magnitude of our urban problems. 500 hospitals have closed in the last two decades while three out of four urban emergency rooms are at or over capacity. Our health is at stake.

Not only is Chicago closing 50 public schools but in 2010 public school districts across the country closed 1,929 schools. Charter and private schools are growing instead. Meanwhile, college student loan debts exceed $1 trillion; the average graduating student owes $27,000. Our education system is failing.

There are more African-American adult males in prison, jail, or on parole than were enslaved in 1850 before the Civil War. Prisons have been privatized and we have a now prison-industrial complex housing too many of our residents.