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, [...]
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, [...]
From In These Times… “This week renowned labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the workers laid off from Rolf’s in December 2010 and December 2011, arguing that the company violated the WARN Act both times by failing to give 60 days notice or 60 days severance pay. The suit [...]
We set up the incentives to keep our best and brightest out of Detroit … (They) went off to work at AIG.
No country, ever, should run up any kind of trade deficit, much less the trade deficit on steroids we are running.
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League of Women Voters of Illinois contends that the state and federal maps enacted by Springfield Democrats are partisan, and thus inevitably affect citizens’ ability to compete in a political forum.
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