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Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:28pm
Tue Oct 20

IFT President To Chicago School Board: Reject New Charter School Proposals

Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) President Dan Montgomery wants the Chicago Board of Education to reject new charter school proposals that are currently under consideration by the cash-strapped school district. Proposals for as many as 13 new alternative and traditional charter schools could go up for a vote at next week's Chicago school board meeting.

Montgomery addressed the issue while speaking with reporters Tuesday after his speech before the City Club of Chicago on the topic of "school choice."

"I think they should be rejected," he said of the pending Chicago charter school applications. "I think they've got to get their house in order first and make sure that ... every other school in the city is getting all the things it needs before they start talking about diverting more resources to charter schools."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:34pm
Mon Oct 19

Report Makes Case Against Restricting Public-Sector Collective Bargaining Rights

In a new report, Jeffrey Keefe with the Economic Policy Institute blasts the notion that collective bargaining has caused "excessive" pay for public-sector workers. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:47pm
Fri Oct 16

Chicago Seniors Sue Landlord Over Plan To Sell Affordable Housing Properties

Chicago seniors living in three affordable housing buildings sued their landlord Presbyterian Homes on Friday over its plan to sell the properties and force out residents next year.

Residents of the three subsidized-rent senior apartment buildings, operated by Evanston-based Presbyterian Homes, filed a class action lawsuit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court in an effort to prevent their "lifetime leases" at the properties from being broken.

Over 100 residents at the three independent living facilities on Chicago's North Side -- Crowder Place, Devon Place and Mulvey Place, which are known collectively as the Neighborhood Homes -- were notified by Presbyterian Homes in mid-August that the buildings would be sold, reportedly to a market-rate developer, due to financial reasons and residents would have to move out by November 2016. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:03pm
Thu Oct 15

Emanuel Submits Budget Plan To Council; Homeless Activists Camp Out At City Hall For CHA Oversight

Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially submitted his 2016 budget proposal to the city council on Wednesday, and the public had an opportunity to weigh in on his plan at a hearing that afternoon. Homeless activists were among those who attended the hearing. They also slept outside City Hall as part of their push for greater oversight of the Chicago Housing Authority. 

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