Tag Archives: John Cullerton

CN June 9 2016

  How to make sense out of the catastrophic mess in Springfield. Well, the Tribune’s Kim Geiger takes a stab at it. She tells us, shockingly, that it’s politics. “This is a Democratic presidential year,” she reminds us. “Down- ballot … Continue reading

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CN June 2, 2016

Forrest Claypool laid it out in stark terms yesterday. Unless there’s a state budget, with funding for Chicago Public Schools, no Chicago school will open in September. They just don’t have the money. “I don’t think he’s posturing,” says Tribune … Continue reading

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CN Jan 28, 2016

As we post this show we’re hearing that the CTU and CPS may have come to some sort of tentative agreement that could, among other things, avert a teachers’ strike. On today’s show we talked with CPS finance expert Rod … Continue reading

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CN Jun 11, 2015

What we’re seeing in Springfield right now could be a level of intellectual virtuosity unmatched in the modern age, as three unrivaled masters jockey  for the dominance of a political philosophy. Of course, it might not be. When Governor Rauner takes to … Continue reading

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CN May 28, 2015

  It all just seems so hopeless. Unfunded pensions are everywhere. A billion dollar hole here, a half-billion one there.  A hundred-billion shortfall in Springfield.  Junk bond ratings. There doesn’t seem any way out of it without giving up hard-earned … Continue reading

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CN November 14, 2013

Has Mayor Emanuel quietly hit on the pension reform formula that might work for him? Although the headlines said that pension reform failed yet again in Springfield last week, two things  point toward some quick movement in early December. First, … Continue reading

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CN October 8, 2012

It’s our election wrap-up program. Being a Thursday show, we have the luxury of an extra day to reflect on What It All Means, so we assembled Carol Felsenthal (Chicago Magazine and The Hill), Ben Joravsky (Chicago Reader) and Kyra … Continue reading

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