Some labor groups including the American Federation of Teachers are reportedly thinking about establishing a super political action committee (PAC) aimed at getting Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis elected as mayor, if she decides to run.
Even still, the Chicago Public Schools wants to close it at the end of the
year, and that decision continues to puzzle some West Side community
members and parents who spoke out against the action before Emmet’s final community meeting last night.
have an administration with this corporate ideology of privatizing
education that uses our data to punish schools rather than use them as
tools to go ahead and improve our children’s education,” said Dwayne
Truss with the Austin Community Action Council. “And that’s wrong.”
After months of local government, and media, focus on Chicago hosting the two-day NATO summit, it might be time for the city’s political class to focus on more parochial concerns like the reconfiguring of public housing, a highly possible teacher’s strike, and the neighborhood impact of state and city government budget cuts.
On the other hand, the city could just re-live 2009 and put a lazer-like focus on getting the Olympics.
Democratic ward committeemen on Chicago's West Side, including Illinois
Secretary of State Jesse White, plan to create a third political party
in the state's 10th House District in order to challenge State Rep.
Derrick Smith, who faces federal bribery charges.