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Re: “Mayor Rahm learns about LSCs

An important correction....

Mayor Emanuel can vote for parent reps even though he does not send his kids to the local school. I know this cause Linda Lutton told me herself. "All parent and community voters get five votes to distribute how they like among the various community and parent candidates. They can’t vote multiple times for the same candidate. They can’t vote for teachers."…

Thanks, Linda. And apologizes to all -- even Mayor Emanuel.

Ben Joravsky

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Posted by Ben Joravsky on 04/20/2012 at 11:45 AM

Re: “The Great Debaters: Alderman Joe Moore and I go at it

Joe: Yes, I still remember that forum. The panelists were Clarence Page, David Axelrod and yours truly. The place was packed. Sunrise, sunset -- indeed.


Posted by Ben Joravsky on 02/20/2012 at 11:31 PM

Re: “The Great Debaters: Alderman Joe Moore and I go at it

Thank you, Robyne. It was a lot of fun. I think Joe would agree with me on that.


Posted by Ben Joravsky on 02/20/2012 at 6:04 PM

Re: “The Great Debaters: Alderman Joe Moore and I go at it

Hey, Rogers Parker: You are absolutely correct--2007 was the year that Don ran for alderman. Please excuse any errors caused by my advancing senility....

Ben Joravsky

Posted by Ben Joravsky on 02/20/2012 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Define "Redefinition"

Hey, Contrarian -- one of my editors asked me to respond to your comment, so here goes....

The point of my story was not to dive into the tangle of one school's politics, as fascinating as that might be. But to expose the implementation of a system-wide policy that circumvents the union contract and enables hundreds of teachers -- including many outstanding ones -- to be fired without rhyme or reason.

But you raise a good point. Ultimately, local principals have to be held accountable for the way they use the authority Huberman and the board gives them.

So, thank you Contrarian!

Posted by Ben Joravsky on 09/03/2010 at 5:55 PM

Re: “The Picture Police

@Williambutleryikes -- Excellent catch, eagle eye. Yes, yes, the Chicago Park District specifically bans smoking in "playgrounds, playlots, beaches, and buildings owned or operated by the Park District" but leaves the rest of the parks wide open for smoking. Anyone who violates the ban "is subject to a fine of up to $500."

So, yes, even I -- Mr. I-Hate-Cigarette Smoking -- must grudgingly concede that smokers were technically within their right to light up at the Pitchfork Festival.

But, wait, there's more. The park district board passed the ban in 2007 in part to prevent the general public from the hazards of second-hand smoke. "I have a lot of sympathy for smokers," CPD Superintendent Timothy Mitchell told reporters. "But not when second-hand smoke affects the health of other people."

Right on, Mr. Mitchell!

According to the Sun-Times, Mitchell considered "banning smoking at all parks, but because the district rents space for weddings and operates music venues, he found a blanket prohibition currently unworkable."

In other words, second-hand smoke is an outrageous threat to the public's health and well being -- unless it's coming from the cigarettes at an outdoor festival which has paid for the right to momentarily seize control of the public parks. Then -- not so bad.

By the way, when we asked Park District spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner how much Pitchfork paid for the right to -- among other things -- expose concert goers to second- hand smoke, she said she'd get back to us. Her response finally arrived after publication: "The cost of the Pitchfork permit was approximately $120,000," she wrote.

I'm sure the park district will spend every penny of it wisely....

As for everyone upset cause I took a brief beak from banging away at those dreaded TIFs and other nefarious stuff -- chill out. I'll get back to it -- just you watch!

Posted by Ben Joravsky on 08/03/2010 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Huberman’s Miracle

@The Original IAC (and tt, too): Don't worry about my feelings. I'm a big boy -- rip me when I'm wrong, but in this case, I'm right. That $400 million pension payment break mentioned in the Tribune article you refer to? It swept through the General Assembly back in March. You can read all about it in a March 24th Tribune story from which I quote: "The legislation also would provide some relief to Chicago Public Schools, allowing the system to skip teacher pension payments for three years to give the district financial flexibility while its leaders struggle to fill major budget gaps." The point is -- this stuff was old news long before Ron Huberman called his June 28th press conference. In fact, the Raise Your Hand people wrote about it on their website on May 28th. For weeks, teachers and parents have been asking each other: When will CPS update its projected deficit? Like I said in my story, they were just waiting for their right moment. Peace....

Posted by Ben Joravsky on 07/09/2010 at 2:26 PM

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