Friday, September 27, 2013

Good news, rich people

There are still openings for your extra-special child at the new, 9-story, Oman-based Gem Academy (and a gem it is) downtown on S. Water St. And if you apply now, tuition is only about $30K. Caviar lunch is extra.

Rahm Emanuel is at it again. His game plan is to blame every school budget cut, every teacher he fires and school he closes -- and now his latest proposed property tax increase -- on those elderly and infirm who are resisting cuts to their pensions and health care. Trib reporters, Hal Dardick and Rick Pearson say that along with taxing home owners, Rahm wants to once again postpone city pension payments until 2022, "three years into what would be Emanuel's third term, if he decided to serve that long and was able to win re-election." But you can bet those greedy pensioners won't put a crimp into Rahm's $92M South Loop South Loop project at Cermak and Michigan that will feature a DePaul basketball arena and a Marriott Hotel.

CTU's Martin Ritter says that after a brief hiatus, the union is stepping up its voter registrar training. The next training session is planned for 5pm on Tuesday October 1st, at CTU Headquarters on the 4th floor at the Merchandise Mart. Public transportation is encouraged. If you're interested in participating, please RSVP directly to Marty at

Crain's Greg Hinz says a Springfield fight is resuming over whether to require publicly traded corporations to disclose how much they pay in state income taxes, and "it could be a doozy". Indeed. A similar bill was defeated in the same committee last year after clearing the Senate, where business groups have less influence. "The long-held benchmark of our tax system has been confidentiality," said Mark Denzler, vice president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association.

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