From Catalyst Chicago: In the two lawsuits filed in federal court Wednesday to try to slow down or stop school closings, the central charge is that special education students will be disproportionately hurt by the actions. This, according to the lawsuits, is a violation of the American Disabilities Act. More than 5,000 students are enrolled [...]
From the Chicago Sun-Times… Just when I was beginning to give up hope, someone has finally stepped forward to challenge the legality of last year’s Chicago ward remap. And more importantly, they are challenging the particularly dubious practice of aldermen putting the new ward boundaries into effect immediately. Under this practice, hundreds of thousands of [...]
chicagotribune.com Who’s your alderman? April 3, 2013 The 41 Chicago aldermen who voted to approve new ward boundaries last year knew the map was likely to accomplish two things: It would assure most of them could coast to re-election in 2015. And it would rid them of Ald. Nicholas Sposato, 36th, and Ald. Robert Fioretti, [...]
A federal lawsuit filed today claims the new Chicago ward redistricting map violates the federal constitutional rights of Chicago voters. The lawsuit seeks a neutral process to divide the wards equally by population in a manner that will be fair, impartial and protect minority voting rights.
Coverage of today’s news conference via DNAInfo, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times.
A federal lawsuit filed today claims the new Chicago ward redistricting map violates the federal constitutional rights of Chicago voters. The lawsuit seeks a neutral process to divide the wards equally by population in a manner that will be fair, impartial and protect minority voting rights. The League of Women Voters of Chicago and 14 [...]
Should you be interested… LWV Jurisdictional Statement
LSC v. Chicago Board of Education
From the Chicago Tribune: With an assist from the Chicago Teachers Union, local school council members from nine city schools are asking a Cook County judge to block Chicago Public Schools from closing or “turning around” 17 underperforming schools this year. Union attorneys, working on behalf of the community members, filed for injunctive relief Thursday, [...]
Opposition to the motion to dismiss.
On Tom’s Bookshelf
Barbara Ehrenreich - Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War
Jefferson Cowie - Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class
Simon Johnson and James Kwak - Thirteen Bankers
Richard Rorty - Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature
Olivia Manning - Fortunes of War: the Balkan Trilogy