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by Matthew Blake
Mon Aug 13, 2012

CPS Teachers Return To Job Without Contract In Place

Today teachers at 243 Chicago Public Schools returned to their job without a contract, and with the possibility that they could stage a district-wide strike.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put a happy face on for the first day of school for about one-third of CPS students and teachers, noting the interim longer school day agreement reached between CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union. “It’s a new year for students across Chicago, because now they have a full day and full year of school that matches up to their full potential,” Emanuel said in a statement.

But Wendy Katten, co-founder of the Raise Your Hands coalition of CPS parents, notes that it is impossible for parents to know if their students will continue to attend school as CPS and CTU continue closed door negotiations. “Parents are confused,” Katten says.

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by Matthew Blake
Fri Aug 10, 2012

Housing Advocates Converge Against FHFA Head DeMarco

Housing advocates in Chicago and across the country have begun to channel their frustration with the sprawling foreclosure crisis toward one man: Ed DeMarco (pictured), acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), which includes several Chicago groups, fired off a letter yesterday to President Barack Obama demanding that he make a recess appointment for a new FHFA director. Meanwhile, the Chicago area foreclosure rate is on the rise.

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by Matthew Blake
Tue Jul 31, 2012

Gutierrez Confident DHS Is Ready For Deportation Relief Program

The Obama administration issues guidelines tomorrow for a plan that will allow up to 1.4 million undocumented immigrants in America to live in the U.S. without fear of deportation for two years.

When announced by President Barack Obama in June, the policy was hailed as a major breakthrough by immigrant rights advocates. There are questions, though, about implementation and whether the program will lead to further pro-immigrant initiatives.

But U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Chicago), a national leader on immigration issues and a past Obama critic on the topic, spoke confidently today about the implementation, stating that DHS “is going to be ready” August 15, the day the policy kicks off.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Jul 27, 2012

Push For Minimum Wage Increase Rages On With Day Of Action (VIDEO)

Campaigning for a higher minimum wage in Illinois, Stand Up! Chicago joined forces with grassroots organizations from across the city for a series of rallies and marches as a part of the National Minimum Wage Day of Action.

Illinois has the fifth highest minimum wage in the nation, at $8.25 per hour, higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, last adjusted in 2009. Yet, at least 400 protesters converged at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Tuesday to support SB 1565, legislation that would raise Illinois’ minimum wage, and to speak of the challenges low-wage jobs present.

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by Matthew Blake
Tue Jul 24, 2012

Longer School Day Deal Reached Between CTU, CPS

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools announced this afternoon an interim agreement that will let Mayor Rahm Emanuel go forward with his desired seven-hour school day, while also more or less maintaining the workload of teachers.

Both CTU President Karen Lewis and Emanuel billed the compromise as a breakthrough victory.

The agreement does not necessarily mean that the two sides are close to reaching a deal on a new contract, but it does set precise 2013-14 school day guidelines and also lets up to 477 laid off teachers return to work.