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Rahm Emanuel
Quick Hit
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. Read more »

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Wed Jul 18, 2012

TIF Piggybank Running Low

Chicago’s rapid expansion of the controversial Tax Increment Finance, or TIF, program during the housing bubble has arguably started to back fire.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
Tue Jul 17, 2012

City of Chicago Releases Ambitious Cultural Plan

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. Read more »

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
Mon Jul 16, 2012

Chicago Public Library Hours, Part-Time Jobs Restored

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 employees.

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. Read more »

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
Mon Jul 16, 2012

CTU: Fact Finder Recommends Significant Raise For Teachers

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.

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