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by Matthew Blake
5:25pm
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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by Brandon Campbell
6:37pm
Thu Jul 12, 2012

Union Janitors Decry Lost Jobs, Continue To Push Mayor On Labor Contract Reforms (VIDEO)

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.

The proposed ordinance, championed by Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) and backed by about 30 additional aldermen, would provide protections for worker retention, wages, and benefits.

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by Matthew Blake
5:53pm
Thu Jul 12, 2012

Maligned CPS Budget Proposal Might Not Be Final Version

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.

The 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.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
1:58pm
Wed Jul 11, 2012

Neighborhoods May Not Be Ultimate Winners In Plan To Demolish High-Crime Properties

A plan to demolish abandoned buildings in high-crime areas used for illegal activity in Chicago has not been well received by housing advocates. They say area residents may not wind up the big winners once the plan gets executed.

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
4:29pm
Fri Jun 29, 2012

After Hearings, No Plans In Sight For Clean Up Or Reuse Of Coal Plant Sites

With an eye toward the potential shut down of all of its Illinois coal-fired power plants and a possible bankruptcy filing, the February agreement Midwest Generation made with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to close two coal plants on the Southwest Side increasingly looks like a good deal for the company, and not the ideal outcome for residents who live near the facilities.

Quick Hit
by Michael Sandler
12:34pm
Fri Jun 29, 2012

Janitors Take Protest Of Layoffs To City Hall, Calling For Reconsideration Of City Contract (VIDEO)

On Thursday afternoon, a group of SEIU* Local 1 members gathered outside City Hall to protest the layoffs of 50 Chicago union janitors and to call for a new labor contract ordinance.

Earlier this month, the city awarded a new janitorial service contract to Dayspring, Inc., a non-union janitorial services company in South Holland, Ill. The 50 union janitors aren’t being retained and will be out of work starting today. On Wednesday, Dayspring Human Resources Manager Marvin Richardson told Progress Illinois that the decisions the city of Chicago makes has little to do with his company. He said Dayspring is simply trying to fulfill a contract.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
10:52am
Thu Jun 28, 2012

Advocacy Group Wants Infrastructure Trust Used For Vacant Properties

The Infrastructure Trust ordinance, a plan where private investors will fund public infrastructure, passed City Council over two months ago, but the city has not identified Trust projects, besides an initial plan to retrofit municipal buildings.

So the Chicago advocacy group Action Now, which previously opposed the Trust, unveiled their own detailed proposal yesterday, calling for the Trust and developers to turn vacant city properties into affordable rental homes.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
5:48pm
Wed Jun 27, 2012

Pot Ticketing Plan Clears City Council

Earlier today, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to let the Chicago Police Department issue $250 to $500 tickets to people caught with 15 grams or less of pot, instead of arresting them. The ordinance passed by a 44-3 vote. Most aldermen who spoke on the council floor gave the same talking points: Black residents are a disproportionate target of marijuana arrests, the Cook County court dismisses most pot arrests, and ticketing will save police resources.

“We are running on a treadmill,” said Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd). He pointed out that about 90 percent of arrests are dismissed.

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