|At Clemente High School this morning, teachers manned all 4 corners at Division and Western . I seemed like every car , truck, bus and taxi that went by was honking its horn in support of the strikers. (M. Klonsky pic)|
Insiders tell me that Fire Dept. inspectors went to Children First holding centers to do safety checks yesterday. Many of the buildings aren't schools and may not have proper safety requirements for little kids. I'm told that calls were made from Rahm's people to the department brass. The brass then told the dept. inspectors people to stand down.
CPS liar-in-chief Becky Carrol is denying that J.C. Brizard has resigned. I think he's just hiding under his desk.
Rahm is really pissed. He had to cancel his appearance at a Super PAC dinner to go back to playing mayor. POLITICO reports that he cancelled a planned appearance at a Chicago fundraiser Priorities USA Action, the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. Rahm was bounced from his position as Obama Campaign Chairman last week and sent out to run the Super PAC, now legal after the Citizens United decision. Republicans are jumping all over this one. Toxic Rahm has become Obama's Achilles heel.
Best columns today:
Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel seems to have returned with an infestation of hitch-hiking critters in his suitcase as well. How else can one explain the strange assortment of conservative bedfellows crawling all over themselves this week to side with Emanuel in his fight with the Chicago Teachers Union? On Tuesday, it was none other than media titan Rupert Murdoch, once known for union-busting tactics in his early days as a mere newspaper publisher, offering his attaboy to Chicago’s mayor.Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin:
Rahm Emanuel started a fight with teachers that only he can finish. In his 2011 campaign for mayor, he took the Chicago Teachers Union on as an adversary rather than attempt to make them a partner. He opted for a blunt instrument rather than a finessed approach. In hammering home how he was “for the children,” he left the implication that teachers were not.
And then, shortly after his election, Emanuel went to Springfield to get Senate Bill 7 passed. Touted as education reform, it was really an anti-collective bargaining measure, setting up a 75 percent vote threshold for union members to authorize a strike.