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by Ellyn Fortino
5:24pm
Thu Jul 23, 2015

Chicago's Southwest Siders Speak Out Against Proposed Noble Charter High Schools (VIDEO)

Local residents and school and elected officials on Chicago's Southwest Side packed a town hall meeting at Thomas Kelly High School late Thursday morning to push back against a proposal to open two new charter high schools in the area.

The charter proposal comes at a time when neighborhood schools on the Southwest Side and across the city are facing another round of deep budget cuts as the school district grapples with large budget and pension problems.

Those at today's town hall meeting argued that the new Noble campuses could come at the expense of cash-starved traditional neighborhood schools and the programs they offer. If district-run neighborhood schools lose students to the new charters, for example, they would see less funding due to Chicago Public Schools' (CPS) per-pupil budgeting formula.

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by Ellyn Fortino
6:42pm
Mon Jun 29, 2015

As Illinois Government Shutdown Looms, Calls For Progressive Revenues Intensify

As Illinois moves closer to a government shutdown, a coalition comprised of community and labor groups, clergy, service providers, elected officials and others called for progressive revenue options to tackle the state's pressing fiscal issues at a "people's budget" meeting on Monday.

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by Ellyn Fortino
2:19pm
Wed Jun 10, 2015

CTU Members, Allies Rally For Fair Contract, Progressive State Revenue Options (VIDEO)

Progress Illinois provides highlights from the Chicago Teachers Union's Tuesday rally for a "fair contract," during which participants also called for "fair-share" revenue solutions to tackle the fiscal issues facing the city and state.

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by La Risa Lynch
7:13pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Chuy Garcia: Grassroots Movement Must Shift Focus On State’s Financial Woes

Former Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia urged those attending a teach-in on the state's budget to use the grassroots momentum gained from the city's hotly-contested mayoral race as a means to combat austerity measures that could adversely impact vulnerable communities.

The Cook County Commissioner forced Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a historic runoff when Emanuel failed to get the votes needed to secure an outright win in February's municipal election. Garcia lost to Emanuel in the April runoff by 12.4 percentage points.

Garcia spoke at the teach-in held at the McKinley Park Branch Library, 1915 W. 35th St. The McKinley Park Progressive Alliance hosted the event.

"This mayoral election was one of the most contested in recent history ... and one that has created space for community groups to be active in and for different movements to amply their voices and exert some influence and power," Garcia said.

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
2:25am
Thu Apr 16, 2015

On Tax Day, Thousands Join Fight For $15 Protest In Chicago (VIDEO)

More than 5,000 low-wage workers and their allies rallied at the University of Illinois at Chicago and protested throughout the city's downtown streets during a national day of strikes Wednesday afternoon – Tax Day – to call for a $15 minimum wage and union recognition. Progress Illinois was there for the action.

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