Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave his initial budget forecast for next
year, and the mayor touts that the city faces a $369 million budget gap,
or about half of last year's projected $741 million budget deficit.
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
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.
Chicago Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) has made waves for trying to block a
Chick-fil-A restaurant from setting up shop in his Northwest Side ward, because restaurant
President Dan Cathy vocally opposes gay marriage and has donated money
to anti-gay marriage groups.
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.
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
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.