At a recent speech to the City Club of Chicago, Juan Rangel defended Chicago's billionaire elites. Why would he be kissing up to the wealthy that support the efforts to break the unions and privatize schools? His annual salary is around $266,000.
Civic marketing is helping cities tap the economic benefits of expressing a brand identity. Art and technology are key assets in that equation, as I discovered while undertaking an ethnographic study of Houston's creative economy.
As a taxpayer and a public school parent, I want to believe that some thoughtful analysis went into the decision to turn Roberto Clemente High School into a so-called International Baccalaureate high school.
In a recently released video, Chicago Teachers Union shows the games played by wealthy elites to smear the Union in the midst of heated contract negotiations.
Michelle Boone and Lord Cultural Resources have defied the expectations of many Chicagoans by actually opening the Chicago Cultural Plan up for discussion and input. Now we hope to see the process into reality.
Top-down management style employed by the new crop of school administrators leave educators feeling frustrated, dejected and ready to throw in the towel. Educators need respect.
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley helped transform Chicago from a place that had been beset by scandal and racial divisiveness to one of America's best-run cities. Here, Mayor Daley talks about the importance of building trust, maintaining relationships, and inspiring teams; all with an eye on moving the core agenda forward.
While yesterday's settlements are a step in the right direction, Chicago and its mayor must deal with outstanding issues before it can truthfully say that it no longer is on the wrong side of the Chicago police torture scandal.
It seems that the mayor and the groups that carried his water over changing labor law are now unhappy with a process they once championed. It's time to stop playing games and work towards giving Chicago's students the schools they deserve.
It seems that Chicago's reputation as being the second city may be on its way out. After a 15 year absence from the U.S, the Paris Opera Ballet, the oldest ballet company in existence, opened its American tour at Chicago's Harris Theate.
Chicago Public Schools history teacher Jennifer Johnson was tired of watching her colleagues being bashed by out-of-state special interest groups and opportunistic politicians.
One month after the NATO summit, what have we learned? A new generation of youth who did not grow up in the shadow of the Cold War are beginning to ask questions about NATO, and the demonstrations offered them potent answers.
There's an obvious disconnect between teachers' perceptions of Jean-Claude Brizard and Brizard's claimed relationship with teachers. It's been a problem for some time, and it's just getting worse.
Almost two weeks after the NATO summit, what have we learned? Among a long list, all media coverage failed and the 99 percent fought each other.
It might appear that Illinois is just another spendthrift in a nation of spendthrifts (in a world of spendthrifts). But beyond the rhetoric, which appears everywhere, the numbers don't lie. It's not a spending problem. It's a revenue problem.
When the NATO summit descended upon Chicago with the full weight of the global military industrial complex, what did we learn?