An excellent Report on Education from a Medill project

What is true of New Jersey is true of Chicago is true of Detroit is true of all American education. Our children deserve better. They deserve universal charterization of every school, and they deserve universal, fully-funded choice.

As you watch these segments, notice the blazingly weak arguments of those defending the current indefensible system. If we force these people to engage in debate, we defeat them. It’s that simple.

Please post these videos everywhere you can find them. Challenge them to debates anywhere and everywhere. You won’t lose if you are properly informed.

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When Humor = Truth

As you read the article below, think of Daley’s “privatization” of the Parking Meters. He’s way ahead of the Onion.

City Of Chicago To Modernize Outdated Graft Programs

CHICAGO—In an effort to streamline unethical practices and boost illegal profiteering, Mayor Richard M. Daley announced sweeping new plans Monday to overhaul his city’s “antiquated” system of graft.

According to Daley, Chicago’s once-great fraudulent institutions have grown obsolete, and City Hall is no longer bilking taxpayers out of as much money as it once did.

“It’s been business as usual for too long in Chicago, and now it’s time to find more efficient ways to misuse authority for personal gain,” said Daley, who has served as Chicago’s mayor since 1989. “We must modernize our illegitimate activities right now, today, before it becomes impossible for public officials to act in my best self-interests.”

Telling City Council members it was inexcusable that Chicago still used such outdated methods as pen and pencil to falsify financial records and conceal kickbacks, Daley called for the purchase of some 10,000 overpriced computers, which he said would allow the city to digitize no-bid contracts, electronically transfer misappropriated funds, and keep better track of who’s on the take.

Feudalism and Illinois’ Political System – Re-posting of an older post

I originally posted this last July of 2008, and I re-posted it back in January to promote a Home Rule Ballot question, but I’m re-posting it just for fun. The a Podcast that gives you an audio version of this post is a bit dated, but when you think about it, the timing is always right because Illinois is still a wonderful example of a Feudal State masquerading as a “constitutional republic.”

Here is the Podcast.


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The Cottage Industry in “Bunker” videos

To bad this one ends too soon.

Kill the Olympics for Chicago

Ben Joravsky over at The Chicago Reader has written another opus against the worst politician in Illinois – Mayor King Richard Daley. This time, he does it by attacking the idea of bringing the Olympics to Chicago.

An Open Letter to the IOC

Here’s the fundamental problem: We can’t afford the games. We’re broke—and I mean damn near destitute. The public school system is about $475 million in the red and the city’s facing its own deficit of at least $200 million. Just a few months ago Mayor Daley said he’d balanced the budget by raising fees and fines and slashing the city payroll, but already expenses have risen and revenues have dropped faster than anticipated. His aides have warned that more cuts could be on the way.

The Chicago Transit Authority, which runs our public transportation system, is busted too, in more ways than one. CTA officials are in the thick of their annual budget crisis, warning of fare hikes and service cuts that could affect traffic in every part of town. They don’t have enough money to replace the old buses or repair the tracks that are falling apart.

Some one should do some polling to find out just how popular the Olympics are. When ‘the little people’ find out that they will foot the bill for Mayor Daley’s Galas, Groundbreaking Ceremonies, and Cocktail Parties for Limousine Liberals (some who used to be Country Club Republicans), the might just get their dander up enough to stop the idiocy.

Illinois Blue in more ways than one

The folks at “State and Local Policy Index of the United States” have just released their latest study.

They compare state and local policies across the US to create a measure called Freedom in the 50 States: Index of Personal and Economic Freedom

Talk about a picture being worth 1000 (more like 10,000) words.

A decent Midwestern state, dragged into the same abyss once reserved for corrupt states run by public employee unions.

An obvious thought on Paul Vallas

I have no idea whether Paul Vallas’ switch to the Republican Party and his announced intention to run for Cook County Board President is a positive development for Illinois, Cook County, or Chicago Republicans.

It may be an indication that Republican fortunes have (or might) returned.

It may also be an indication that, being so incompetent, and having destroyed their relationship with their base, and having destroyed their farm team, the class of clowns who refuse to relinquish control of the party they destroyed are now left to recruit Democrats to run under their party banner.

Is this a return of the Republican Party, or evidence of their ultimate complete surrender to the Democratic Party. What next, Democrat Doug Whitley for governor? Democrat Bruce Rauner for governor? Perhaps John Daley could switch to the Republican Party and run for Mayor against his brother.

Why not recruit Rod Blagojevich to run for his old congressional seat as a Republican? Why, he hasn’t even been indicted yet!

In all seriousness, I’d be glad to see Vallas unseat Stroger, so I don’t mean this to be a slam on him. It’s just time that some one relentlessly pointed out just how bad the leadership of this party is.

Sooprize sooprize – Carpenters Union Shafts Members?

Carpenters Union Shafts Members?

After 18 days of testimony, Martin awarded Prate an unheard of $10 million in damages and gave permission for it to, once again, pay piecework.

Why? Because the Carpenters Union didn’t police its own contract, played favorites with Prate competitors, and in the end shafted its own members who not only got less pay but, as a consequence, less money was socked away in their trust fund.

This notion of leaders failing their members infuriates Frank Libby, president of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, who — when we met last week — said it untrue and “a vendetta on Mike’s part.”

As readers of this column know, I’ve had questions about the Carpenters’ leadership ever since I reported the tale of young Andy Ryan in 2004. Ryan was a 19-year-old kid who miraculously got a $50,000 job in the Daley administration as a building inspector. Nevermind that the union vouched for credentials the kid didn’t have. Nevermind that his dad, Tommy Ryan, was a union honcho. Nevermind that three unqualified others, thanks to the Carpenters’ clout, had gotten jobs with the city that should have gone to journeymen carpenters instead.

It was a scandal. It was the subject of testimony at the federal corruption trial of Mayor Daley’s patronage chief, Robert Sorich.

Why the citizens of Chicago tolerate Daley is beyond me. Are they clueless?