Monday, February 28, 2011
News Item: Midwestern teachers staged a massive protest, taking control of a central government building and demanding financial guarantees from the government.
This was not Madison, Wisconsin 2011, but rather, Chicago, Illinois 1933.
On April 27 of that year, Chicago Teachers staged a massive demonstration march which clogged streets in the Loop and culminated in a sit-in takeover of the Chicago City Hall and several downtown bank lobbies.
But unlike the Madison teachers today who are among the economic elite with salaries well above the median incomes in their districts and gilded health care and pension plans, the Chicago teachers hadn't been paid at all for nearly a year.
According to the left-wing NATION the situation was so bleak that teachers were taking loans from Chicago loan sharks just to buy groceries and one even committed suicide.
The Chicago Mayor of the era, Anton Cermak, had just been mistakenly assassinated in Florida while down there to confer with President-elect Roosevelt and beg for federal funds to pay Chicago's teachers.
According to Chicago native and Newsweek senior editor, Jonathan Alter in his sympathetic 2006 treatment of FDR's first 100 days, The Defining Moment,p.275, Roosevelt had no sympathy for the protestors.
"The past decade has seen a very large increase in teachers' salaries, and even if all the teachers were cut 15% like government employees, they will still be getting relatively more than a decade ago," Roosevelt said.
According to Alter (p.276), "Roosevelt was convinced he must keep his campaign promise and balance the budget... For the first time in memory, the country had a president who took on all the lobbyists and pressure groups angling for their slice of the pie and beat them decisively."
Sounds an awful lot like the stand being taken today by Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker.
And the unionized Wisconsin teachers, awash in cash and worker benefits that most of the American workforce can only dream of, look like petty money-grubbers when compared to the genuinely hard-hit Chicago teachers of 1933.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
At the 11th hour in last week's Chicago aldermanic election, the following letter appeared in the mailboxes of selected households in the far-North 50th ward:
Dear (name of voter):
The 50th Ward is a special place. We are blessed with beautiful Synagogues, Yeshivas, Kollels, Jewish institutions, Mikvas and Eruvin. Businesses that cater to our dietary laws and enhance our spiritual needs are plentiful. Our children go to wonderful schools and our families thrive in the friendliest and largest Jewish community in the Nidwest. Life in West Rogers Park and Peterson Park is truly a blessing and it took years of hard work and dedication to build such a wonderful environment.
For over 35 years, Alderman Berny Stone has been our community's best friend. His endless efforts helped create the wonderful community that we all take for granted. The West Rogers Park & Peterson Park Eruv, Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov Elementary School, Hannah Sachs Girls High School and numerous Shuls like Sha'arei Tzedek and Khal Chasidim, are just a small glimpse into what his hard work and dedication has brought our community.
Today, we want to acknowledge Alderman Stone's dedication to our community. He has been our voice in City Hall, our advocate in the world of politics and our greatest ally when our community needed an emissary for our spiritual well-being. Alderman Stone has stood by us and continues to every single day.
Today we recognize Alderman Bernard L. Stone as a friend to our community and to our values. Thank you, for your years of support and dedication! We look forward to continuing and strengthening this invaluable friendship for years to come.
Rabbi Moshe Katz
Rabbi Efraim Terski
Rabbi Michael Small
When I wrote a piece on this blog last year on February 7th, pointing out that the embarassing pawn broker,Scott Lee Cohen, garnered his strongest electoral support in heavily Jewish areas, due to knee jerk Jewish ethnocentric behavior, I was deluged with responses denying the fact that Jews vote as a solid bloc.
When I pointed out that Jewish voters are as reliably and predictably Democrat in their voting behavior (87% according to CNN) as Puerto Ricans and blacks, I was pilloried for voicing such inconvenient facts.
But apparently, Alderman Bernard Stone and his high-powered campaign consultants at Grainger-Terry (who also managed pawnbroker Cohen's campaign) agree with me.
They fashioned the above letter and sent it out.
And with the characteristic Stone-Grainger/Terry ineptitude, it arrived in the Golden Ghetto area mailbox of this writer, a decidedly non-Jewish, lapsed Roman Catholic with a German name to which some Yiddish names may have a similarity.
And with further crack campaign efficiency, it arrived --- the day after the election.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Some time back I posted a piece on this blog about Queen Elizabeth's 1957 visit to Chicago. Since then, hardly a day goes by when some Anglophile from somewhere in the world doesn't end up on my blog after searching for "Queen Elizabeth & Chicago."
So it occured to me that with the enormous internet popularity of Kate Middleton, the very hot British babe who is going to marry the dorky eldest issue of the stormy relationship between Prince Charles and the late Lady Di, I'd better write something on her to cash in on her wild blogospheric popularity. Also it would give me an excuse for posting photos of her.
This being a blog with a Chicago theme, I thought it best to devote this post to a description and discussion of Kate Middleton's long and storied personal relationship with the city of Chicago.
I thought it would be useful to report on her many trips here and especially the time she spent (incognito) lolling on the Oak Street beach and (again incognito)sitting in the bleachers in Wrigley Field in order to chill out after a long afternoon of shopping (incognito) with her hot British girlfriends on the Magnificent Mile.
But alas, exhaustive research has revealed that the elegantly hot and seemingly air-headed future English Queen, unlike her future grandmother-in-law, Elizabeth, has never so much as set foot in Chicago.
So reluctantly, I must concede that I have no legitimate excuse for posting all kinds of photos of Kate Middleton on this Chicago oriented blog.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
|Niles West Has The Highest Paid |
Gym Teacher In the State of Illinois
(Editor's note: When this article was first released only the 2010 salaries were available to the public.
The list was updated on 6/27/12 to reflect the latest available 2011 personnel and their 2011 salaries. 2012 salaries will be posted as soon as they are available.)
The Family Taxpayers Network has just released the latest available 2011 salaries for these and all public school teachers throughout Illinois.
Niles Township CHSD 219 spends more lavishly on its teachers and administrators salaries than any high school district in the entire state, save for that of posh, stately Lake Forest. A full 208 of them pull down more than $100 grand a year for their part-time 9 month gigs.
On top of that, these big-union money grubbers get gold-plated health care coverage and platinum pension plans that will give them up to 85% of their salaries for the rest of their lives.
This puts these unionized government workers, who have learned to game the system, among the economic elite of America.
At the same time, senior citizen homeowners in Skokie, Lincolnwood and Morton Grove stand to lose their homes if they can't afford to pay the taxes to support these greedy fatcat teachers.
No wonder a nationwide revolt is spreading against the privileged status of these dissembling clowns.
Take a look at their salaries. Their names are listed in alphabetical order and you can find more detailed information on the government employee by clicking on the name.
That is the complete report of 2011 salaries of teachers at Niles West High School and Niles North High School, which enroll students from Skokie, Lincolnwood and Morton Grove, Illinois. The data was gleaned from the Family Taxpayer Foundation teachers' salaries database.