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by Matthew Blake
12:58pm
Mon Jun 18, 2012

Mental Health Movement Protesters Use 'Necessity Defense' At Cook County Trial

Foes of Chicago closing six of its 12 mental health clinics in April will air their grievances today in a new venue – the Cook County Criminal Court.

Five protesters charged with trespassing at the since closed Woodlawn mental health clinic will use the “necessity defense” according to their attorney James Fennerty, who spoke at a press conference this morning outside the courthouse. Defendants invoke the necessity defense when they claim to have committed a crime so as to benefit the public good.

“These people don’t deny that they trespassed,” Fennerty said. “But they were doing it to prevent a greater evil — meaning the closing down of the clinics and people not getting their mental health care, and not getting their drugs or seeing their therapist.”

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
6:24pm
Mon Jun 11, 2012

What's Next After CTU Strike Authorization Vote

The Chicago Teachers Union announced today that – by a wide margin – its members are prepared to strike if the union and Chicago Public Schools management cannot agree on a contract before the 2012-13 school year begins. The vote does not mean a strike is imminent, even with CPS and CTU escalating their public rhetoric, and the parties being significantly apart on teacher raises and other issues.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
3:22pm
Mon Jun 11, 2012

Infrastructure Trust Names Board Members, Not Projects

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today his picks for the five-member board of the Infrastructure Trust, a plan to use private money to finance public projects that passed the City Council in April. The council, which next meets June 27, must approve each choice.

But the mayor has still not identified Trust projects, except a plan where private investors would use $225 million to make some city buildings more energy efficient. Emanuel spokesman Tom Alexander said in an interview last week that, currently, there are no additional projects on the table.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
10:20am
Mon Jun 11, 2012

By Authorizing Strike, Teachers Union May Relive The 1980’s

The Chicago Teachers Union announced this morning that 75 percent of its members voted to authorize a strike, the first step in a potential walkout to open the 2012-13 school year. "The vote has well surpassed the 75 percent threshold required by state law," CTU said in a news release.

Teachers are probably closer to a walkout than they have been at any time since the 1980’s – when, during a pre-Mayor Richard Daley period, the union actually went on a number of strikes.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
1:45pm
Tue Jun 5, 2012

Outside Help Needed For Next Steps On Red Line

The dramatic Chicago Transit Authority announcement yesterday that it would suspend service on all its South Side Chicago Red Line train stations for five months next year could hold a crucial silver lining: CTA may be putting its ducks in a row to extend the Red Line to 130th St.

However, any Red Line extension necessitates either federal funds that are currently not forthcoming, a major private investment, or a combination thereof.

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
5:21pm
Mon Jun 4, 2012

TIF Reform Tabled

The jury is out on whether Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is serious about reforming the Tax Increment Finance, or TIF, economic development program.

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