Chicago Ald. Joe Moore (49th) caused a stir at the city council's Human Relations committee meeting
yesterday when he refused to consider a resolution on whether there
should be an elected school board.
The draft of Chicago's cultural plans reflects some of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s oft-stated
priorities, such as making Chicago a more internationally-prominent city.
But the plan, released yesterday, also includes recommendations that could greatly benefit
Chicago artists and public school students.
Back in October, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled
a 2012 city budget that sliced city library branch hours from 48 to
40 each week, and threatened pink slips to hundreds of library
Today the mayor announced an almost complete reversal
of that proposal: The city’s branch libraries will return to year-round
48-hour weeks, including eight-hour Mondays. Additionally, the layoffs of 105
part-time employees has been reversed, according to Chicago Public
Library spokeswoman Ruth Lednicer.
An independent fact finder may have delivered a major victory for the Chicago Teachers Union: a recommendation that teachers get an almost 15 percent raise for the upcoming school year as compensation for a longer school day.
“We do agree with
his initial recommendations that our members deserve significant pay
raises,” said Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said at a press conference this afternoon.
The same group of about 50 SEIU Local 1 janitors who lost their jobs
at the end of last month returned to City Hall Thursday morning with a
message for Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Sign the Responsible Bidders Ordinance.
proposed ordinance, championed by Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) and backed by
about 30 additional aldermen, would provide protections for worker
retention, wages, and benefits.
What do the Chicago Teachers Union, Occupy Chicago, the Chicago Tribune
editorial page, the Chicago Civic Federation, and Moody’s credit rating
agency all have in common? They have each slammed the Chicago Public
Schools for proposing a budget that drains the system’s entire $349 million rainy day fund.
widespread disapproval raises the question of whether the Board of
Education, which is appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and typically rubber
stamps any CPS proposal, might suggest changes to the new budget at its
July 26 meeting.