Wednesday, November 20, 2019

State's Attorney Kim Foxx kicks off her re-election bid

[VIDEO] I saw this video over at Capitol Fax last night and I retweeted her campaign kick-off vid on Twitter. Before she was first elected in 2016 defeating incumbent Anita Alverez, I really didn't know much about her. This video is a good introduction to her if you know little about her background. Of course we should know her or any candidates background before they get elected to a public office.

Is Kim Foxx your vote next year for re-election as State's Attorney? Are there any reasons why you wouldn't support her?

Monday, November 11, 2019

WTTW: CPS Enrollment Declines By 6,000 Students

CPS enrollment figures were released on Friday
CPS on Friday announced a 20th-day enrollment total of 355,156 students for the 2019-20 school year. That’s down from last year’s total of 361,314, but based on the graduation totals and enrollment rates, the drop-off is actually smaller than CPS projected with its own data model.

“We’re pleased that more students are enrolling in kindergarten, matriculating to higher grades and graduating, which serves as a testament to the hard work of our dedicated educators and school communities,” said CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson. “While there are signs of encouragement, we are fully committed to supporting school communities that are struggling with enrollment by providing additional resources through equity grants and a budgeting approach that promotes stability.”
Here are some numbers from a few local schools in Wards 6 & 9. You can check out enrollment figures for a CPS school near you here.
  • Harlan High School 300
  • Frank I Bennett Elementary 324
  • Gillespie Elementary 434
  • Hirsch High School 95
  • Englewood STEM High School 414
  • Dixon Elementary 590
  • Burnside Elementary 412
  • Corliss High School 280
  • Simeon High School 1338 
  • Deneen Elementary 492
Or actually you can check out enrollment figures in the embed below

Thursday, November 7, 2019

About that search warrant raid on Ald. Carrie Austin

Over the summer Ald. Carrie Austin (Ward 34) saw her offices raided by federal authorities on a search warrant and if I recall this Sun-Times article was the first time she spoke out about it.
After the ceremony, Austin said she is confident the ongoing federal investigation won’t end with any indictments — either of her or her relatives, employees or associates.

What makes her so sure?

“Faith. … I try to live my life above board. If I haven’t, then I have to reckon that with God — not man,” she said.

She said she doesn’t believe she is under a “federal cloud.”

“I haven’t been charged with anything,” she said. “They’re looking to see if am I associated with something. I am not.”

Austin maintained her innocence despite being reminded the feds don’t get a warrant to raid a politician’s ward office without convincing a judge there is probable cause that a crime has been committed and evidence of that crime is inside.

“They were investigating,” the alderman said.

She declined to answer further questions.

“It’s over. … If you don’t want to talk about this [project], then I don’t want to talk. I’m not gonna let you worm me into that conversation,” she added.

“Let’s talk about this situation. Not about anything else.”
h/t Capitol Fax. As of late and in the Chicago area there have search warrants executed on a lot of people from politicians to business owners who are politically connected. A member of the state house resigned after being arrested on corruption charges.

BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois Community Care Fair

I got one of these flyers from people passing them out to random people on 95th. I'm guessing this is related to the offices BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois plans to open at the former Target store on Marshfield Plaza on 119th street. Either way here's another local event to take advantage of.

BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois
Health Care Enrollment and Wellness Community Care Fair
Christ Universal Temple
11901 S. Ashland Ave
Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, November 23, 2019
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

This event is open to everyone.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Strike over students go back to school Friday

Teacher's strike at an end?

A couple of items regarding the teacher's strike from CapFax. To start, he was on it when it appears that CTU and the mayor came to an agreement to finally end the strike. A few updates to the post were made once developments had occurred.
Also another update from today about miscommunication between legislative leadership in Springfield who publicly made their own efforts to end the teacher's strike and of course the governor's office. It seems no state politicans wants to enter the sticking point of an elected school board that could only serve to prolong the strike.

Teacher's strike day 11

It appears the city and the teachers have reached a deal to end the strike, however, the teachers want to be able to make up the days they missed during their strike pay wise. It's good news that union members agree to a new contract and I expect students will be returing to class soon. With that said schools are closed today.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Teacher's strike day 10!!!

We're on day 10 (yesterday I erroneously referred to yesterday as day 8) of the teacher's strike. Here's a report from the Sun-Times:
Chicago Teachers Union leaders met Tuesday evening with the union’s governing body, its House of Delegates, to discuss the state of negotiations with Chicago Public Schools and set a plan for a possible strike-ending vote on Wednesday.

The union’s 25,000 teachers are expected to look over the city’s new offer on Wednesday morning before the House of Delegates reconvenes for a meeting and potential vote later in the day.

Meanwhile, CPS canceled classes for another day, threatening some CPS football teams’ chances to go to the playoffs. The PSAT, scheduled to be held at some schools, was also canceled.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot hand-delivered a new proposal Tuesday afternoon to the top leaders of the CTU — an offer that included $10 million more than the $500 million she had offered previously — in an effort to end the teachers strike that has roiled the city for nearly two weeks.

But the mayor and the union officials walked out of their second City Hall meeting of the day without a tentative agreement ahead of the delegates’ meeting.
Here's a post announcing the cancellation of classes this morning from CPS' ig

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Red line extension update

103rd Street station rendering CTA
The latest update about the future CTA Red Line extension from Curbed Chicago as it's included with a few other updates as far as priority CTA projects in the city.
The plan will fund design and engineering work for the proposed extension of the Red Line to Chicago’s Far South Side. The study will help the CTA secure federal funding for the massive undertaking, which is expected to cost $2.3 billion in total.

8 straight days of cancelled classes for CPS students

Not whole lot of updates to this strike on this blog since it started on October 17th. So far as I write this it doesn't appear there will be a return of students to the classrooms in CPS schools at this time. Today will mark 8 days of cancelled classes which makes this strike the longest since 1987.

For the most part I've been using ig with the use of ig stories and have posted updates on our fb page with regards to this strike. Here's a recent CPS post from Monday with regards to the announcement of CPS' cancelled classes.
I do sincerely hope that CPS students will return to the classroom in the near future.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

7627-43 S. State Street for sale

If you remember a few years ago there was a proposal for a hotel on this site. It was noted in this recent post from Concerned Citizens of Chatham. It was owned by the late Herbert Hedgeman. Here's hoping there some decent proposal to develop this property depending on who makes the purchase.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Car crashes into the Whitney Young Library branch

[VIDEO] This happened earlier this afternoon a car crashed into the Whitney Young Library at 79th Street and King Drive. Will repost any new updates when available.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Update to the fatal chain-reaction crash on Dan Ryan early Saturday morning

The Chicago Tribune has more on that early morning wreck near Garfield Blvd that happened Saturday morning during the AM commute on the Dan Ryan Expressway. One woman dies in a chain wreck crash that involved five vehicles and resulted in injuries to four other drivers although in this article their conditions weren't reported.

Be careful out there!

Yes this is a rare Sunday post.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

CBS Chicago: Fatal Crash On Dan Ryan Closes Northbound Lanes At 63rd Street

[VIDEO] I was on the red line this morning and saw traffic in local lanes backed up through Garfield on my AM commute. Sorry to hear that this was a fatal crash for one person.

If you're driving northbound on the Dan Ryan the lanes are now open according to ABC 7.