Bipartisan victory for Wall Street and pension theft.

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
Chicago Democratic Congressman Mike Quigley. Last night, fifty-seven House Democrats voted for the Republican spending bill. It handed Wall Street relief from the limited restrictions placed on them by the Frank-Dodd law passed following the 2008 financial crash. It also included a massive theft of private sector pensions. The spending…

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Will the pay-to-play pension scandals taint a new governor and bring down a mayor?

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
- From Mark Anderson in the Ward Room Isn’t it ironic that when it comes to pensions, two of the state’s most powerful politicians—Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Rauner—are claiming to be reformers even as they continue to rake in campaign contributions from the very firms currently making millions by managing…

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“I made a mistake.”

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson tries to join protesters. Another riot nearly ensues. . The other day Rahm said he made a mistake. He’s made many. But he only copped to one: Naming the planned north side selective admission high school after Barack Obama. “In my rush to honor our…

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Time Is A blue Sky

Originally posted on Dumbfounding Stories :
ABOUT TIME, COVER I wrote “Time Is A blue Sky” around 1975, and finally got around to recording it (for About Time) in 2000. It was last summer, August of 2014, though, before I ever got around to playing it out. I don’t know why. I work in mysterious ways–like you…

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Rahm’s paid “volunteers.”

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
Karen Lewis comes to Logan Square tomorrow. Training for her volunteers starts Saturday. The problem for Rahm is that Chicago politics is not like it was in the old days. When Dick Mell ran this ward, if you wanted a job with the city you had to “volunteer” to, among…

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Ohio River

Originally posted on Dumbfounding Stories :
Video of a song here for my friends down inThe Ohio River Valley, recorded August 4, 2014 at The Acoustic Explosion. The lyrics are under the video. ohio river.MOV ► JavaScript required to play ohio river.MOV. ? Ohio River Like some dark swan on you glide A long bright train, south…

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Dance Till Morning Light

Originally posted on Dumbfounding Stories :
I’m uploading video of “Dance Till Morning Light,” kind of a  roots rock ballad played with just an acoustic guitar. It was recorded August 4, 2014 at The Acoustic Explosion show at Silvies on Chicago’s north side. The lyrics are below the video. dance til morning video ► JavaScript required…

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AFT’s Weingarten promises a million bucks for Karen Lewis’ run for Mayor.

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
  Sun-Times: The head of the American Federation of Teachers says the national union is ready to spend $1 million to help Karen Lewis unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel if the Chicago Teachers Union president decides to run. “I did say privately to Karen and at our executive council meeting that…

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In Hinsdale, Tea Party takes an axe to their teachers.

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
Tea Party Hinsdale school board member Claudia Manley. Hey folks. Keep an eye on those local school board elections. Out in Chicago’s western suburbs the Tea Party extremists who were recently elected to the Hinsdale High School District 86 are in full battle mode over what should be normal contract bargaining.…

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Lily Eskelesen Garcia. Duncan policies are indefensible.

Originally posted on Fred Klonsky:
NEA President-elect Lily Eskelsen Garcia and an amateur basketball player. – Salon Other than being unfair to individual teachers, does basing evaluations and school ratings on test scores hurt students too? Using test scores is basically saying to educators, “Hit your number or you get punished.” Or even worse, “Hit…

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