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Re: “When Chicago spent its pension money on the mayor's pet projects

Taxpayer money should go EXACTLY for what it is earmarked for, not to be a plaything for CHicago's mayors. And TIFs need to end in Chicago . Schools, libraries, and parks are actually used by the taxpayers - many other projects largely benefit corporations and CEOs , who did not pay the taxes that generated the TIF in the first place.
Also agree with the commenter above that pension obligations need to be LAW , not something you can play with either. Many of these pensioners are not eligible for SOc Sec, so their pension is all they have. To play with people's futures in this way, first stealing it from them and then blaming them for it , is plain evil .

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Posted by 30-year Vet on 04/16/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The anyone-but-Rahm crowd throws a rally!

In 2011, only 40% of registered voters turned out, Emanuel only got 55% of their votes ( 323,546 ) and won. There are about 1.3 M registered voters in Chicago, with possibly another 500,000 unregistered adults. Let's say only 100,000 of those get registered in time for the 2015 election. That makes a possible 1.4 M voters , of which fully 1 MILLION did NOT vote for Emanuel the first time around. Rahm could give each one $5 for their vote, which I don't think would sway many people. Of course he'll put the bulk into commercials and paying off the "right" people to bring out the vote - but it's still up to the individual voter and what he/she does in the booth.

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Posted by 30-year Vet on 10/17/2013 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Why your tax money keeps going down the TIF portal hole

Teachers are as much a pawn of the CPS budget as are all taxpayers in CHicago. NO ONE understands that budget, and they get away every year with making changes to it to make it even less clear. They also never talk about the SURPLUS money that magically appears at the end of each school year ( when did the media last report on that ?).

If we ( normal people) ran our house budgets the way CPS does, all of Chicago would be in bankruptcy. CPS is the 2nd largest employer in Cook Co., fully funded by taxpayers. Why can't we put CPS' budget under scrutiny and REALLY understand what they do with SO much money ?

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Posted by 30-year Vet on 07/27/2013 at 2:47 AM

Re: “Mayor Rahm plays musical chairs with CPS teachers

How many Art , PE, Library and other "unneeded" teachers work at the Lab School where Rahm sends his children to the tune of about 30K per year ? I don't care how much he pays if he's got the $ , that's his business. BUT to deny the regular children of Chicago the very things he considers worthy of his 30K is WRONG !

And while he continues to cry "no money" , he's sitting on MILLIONS of undistributed TIFs collected from the very taxpayers whose children are supposed to be OK with no Art, no Gym, no Computer, no Recess, etc. The biggest problem with Rahm is that he thinks OUR money is really HIS money. In 2015, I intend to vote a big wake up call to remind him whose money it is.

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Posted by 30-year Vet on 07/27/2013 at 2:34 AM

Re: “As schools starve, Mayor Emanuel finds $5 million for hot dogs

Teachers leaving the city, and specifically less African-American teachers in the city, is a REAL issue - not made up by Ben or the Union. Every teacher is a potential homeowner, definitely a taxpayer, probably a person with a car that pays city fees, and so on. The cost of every teacher that leaves Chicago is much more than just their salary - it's one less professional taxpayer taking their business elsewhere. Chicago has the same population today that it did in 1920 - and about 1 million people less than at its peak in 1960. Can the city really afford to keep losing its middle class tax base ?

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Posted by 30-year Vet on 07/09/2013 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Mayor Emanuel's crowded-classroom approach to fixing schools

This is criminal. For children to have to attend a school under these circumstances for 8 years , for special ed. students to receive instruction in hallways, not being able to use the Library that took away their playground - how much of this would be tolerated in the suburbs ?
CPS can say it is not racist - but EVERYTHING it does proves that it is. Dever is lucky that 1/2 of its population is white, or things could be even worse .

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Posted by 30-year Vet on 04/02/2013 at 5:45 PM

Re: “County board prez: Why are we closing schools and packing the jail?

@Lamprey
As a CPS teacher, I am happy with the leadership of the CTU. You are only looking at this problem as facts on paper, not the reality of what it means to have more vacant, gang-riddled buildings in neighborhoods already suffering from lack of resources and businesses. A neighborhood school is often the only resource people have for services for their children, and the teachers become part of that community in ways a fact sheet can't document. We get to know families, we know the history of our students, we know their struggles and what to look out for, etc. That's going to be hard to do when kids are attending a school that is a mile away from where they live, with new teachers that do not know them at all.
Just like empty store fronts are a detriment to neighborhoods, so are empty schools. And all the more so in our poorest neighborhoods. If saving money was really the goal, there were other options that would have accomplished that . Just watch in the next 3- 5 years when all the promised savings DON'T materialize after all .

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Posted by 30-year Vet on 03/22/2013 at 5:39 PM

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