Now come new "doomsday" reports that Chicago may not have a public transit system by the year 2010. The Tribune's Jon Hilkevitch writes:
The new numbers are so bleak that the "doomsday" service cuts and fare increases threatened more than a year ago appear mild in comparison to the sweeping measures that would be needed to fill gaping budget holes...And, of course, these cuts and fare increases always hit hardest at the city's poorest neighborhoods, for people trying to get to their jobs and on kids trying to get across town to get to school now that so many neighborhood schools are closing.
All this leads Mike Doyle to ask, "how strategic does Mayor Daley’s recent sudden yanking of Huberman away from the beleaguered agency to head Chicago Public Schools seem now? Not to mention a municipal bid to host the 2016 Olympic Summer Games that includes not a single additional dime for CTA service improvements?"
Remember, it was Daley who, upon appointing Huberman, claimed that a "good manager can manage anything."
Meanwhile, Teachers for Social Justice and GEM (Grassroots Education Movement) are trying to rally support for Cynthia Soto's House Bill 363, which would, at least temporarily put a halt to Renaissance 2010 school closings. GEM is holding a press conference this morning at 10 a.m. over at CPS headquarters, 125 Clark St., if you can make it.