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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 6:53 AM
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The South Side is a huge urban zone (bigger than Philadelphia) whose needs cannot simply be ignored because the North Side is doing well. If you live on that side of town, the lack of attention by city leaders to South Side problems can be dumbfounding. The fact that Lightfoot finished in a distant 3rd or 4th in the West Side and deep South Side (i.e. the areas where Wilson got the most votes) plus her long history working with cops may suggest to people like Chance that she, too, will continue this lack of attention.
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I feel like part of the problems with the South Side is their support of corrupt local politicians. Downtown politicians aren't going to focus on any one part of the city, and will mostly take down suggestions of what each power center wants and then dole out of goodies based on what's asked for. The North Side is fairly straight-forward with what it wants. The West Side is less coordinated, but is also so far destroyed that they'll take pretty much anything, plus the gangs control so much of it that the message from the West Side is basically they want investment that doesn't interfere with the drugs trade.

The South Side, though, still has established political systems, many of which conflict and, unfortunately, many of them are about fiefdoms maintaining power in the area without regard to what the actual benefit to the area is. "Downtown" sees that and says, "Whatever, we'll dole out things to the local power-brokers, but they have to figure things out for themselves before anything substantive can be done." And that's what happens. Confused uncoordination leads to haphazard investment that has little to no long-term benefit. For the South Side to really benefit, it would have to come together and present a cohesive plan for investment. I haven't seen that, have you? There are a bunch of little plans, but nothing that operates together toward a common goal. Until that happens, "Downtown" will give each little player a piece to keep them quiet, but won't take it upon themselves to try and coordinate the South Side. And why should they? The North Side has it's shit together, so gets more or less what it asks for. Asking downtown to both come up with the money and try to coordinate the power structures on the South Side as outsiders really is asking too much.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 12:48 PM
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^^ Agreed. And for all the talks about "disinvestment", nobody brings up the investments that are being made.

CPS just gave an additional $55 million to schools with high poverty rates (i.e., the South/West sides). Yet no one says anything about it.

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Students Schools About Calendar Staff Careers Resources CPS Increases School Budgets by More Than $55 Million Next Year with Unprecedented Investments in Academic Programming and Supports For High Needs Schools


More IB, STEM and Pre-K Classrooms Than Ever Before

CPS is committed to expanding educational opportunities for families in all parts of Chicago, and in the 2019-20 school year CPS will provide greater access to high-quality academic programs and full-day Pre-K than ever before.


Unprecedented Expansion of High-Quality Academic Programming


Earlier this school year, CPS launched a first-of-its-kind program application process that invited school communities to submit applications for new high-quality academic programs. Through this process, CPS is awarding programming to 32 additional schools in the 2019-20 school year, which will allow the district to provide more students than ever before with an opportunity to engage in high-quality programming.

IB: By adding 1,900 new IB seats at seven schools, more than 19,000 total students will have access to proven International Baccalaureate programs at CPS’ 62 schools that make up the largest IB network in North America.

STEM/STEAM: An additional 6,100 students at 11 schools will have access to modern STEM and STEAM classrooms next year, allowing nearly 18,000 elementary and high school students at 36 schools to access instruction that will prepare them to thrive in a technology-driven world.

Fine & Performing Arts: Through the creation of six new Fine & Performing Arts schools serving approximately 3,000 students, nearly 41,000 students at 66 schools will benefit from comprehensive Fine & Performing Arts programming that integrates arts throughout the school day.

Dual Language: By adding four new Dual Language schools, students at 41 schools will receive instruction in two languages next year through Dual Language programs that allow students to expand their cultural understanding and develop literacy and fluency in two languages.

World Language: Creating new World Language programs at two schools will allow students at 31 schools to specialize in a foreign language and build their oral, written and cultural knowledge through World Language programs next year.

Personalized Learning: As a result of investments at two schools, students at 118 schools will engage next year in teacher-driven Personalized Learning instruction that tailors learning to the unique needs of each child.

Gifted: With the addition of a new Gifted program at McPherson Elementary, a total of 22 schools will provide students an opportunity to engage in accelerated coursework through Gifted programs next year.


Free Pre-K Expands as City Moves to Universal Pre-K for All Four-Year-Olds


As the next step in Mayor Emanuel’s plan to provide free full-day Pre-K to all four-year-olds in the City of Chicago by 2021, school budgets for the 2019-20 school year include funding to expand Pre-K to more than 100 additional classrooms, serving up to 2,800 students in CPS schools. This expansion will ensure that families in 28 high-needs communities will have universal access to free full-day Pre-K next school year.

The continued expansion of free full-day Pre-K means a total of 15,000 four-year-olds are anticipated to participate in free full-day Pre-K programming next year through CPS and Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) programs in 2019-20.


Additional Support for Students Who Need it Most

In addition to expanding access to academic programming and Pre-K, CPS is allocating millions in additional funding to ensure that the students who need our support the most have the resources needed to succeed.


Equity Grants for Schools with Low and Declining Enrollment

To ensure that students who attend schools with low and declining enrollment receive the benefits that students attending larger schools receive, CPS is providing $31 million in equity grant funding to 219 elementary and high schools that need additional support. These funds will allow schools to provide the instructional programming and supplemental resources and supports that students need to reach their potential, even at schools where enrollment is low or declining.

“Every student in every neighborhood deserves a school in their own community that provides a well-rounded education and prepares them for success far beyond graduation day,” said CPS Chief Education Officer LaTanya D. McDade. “By providing our highest-need schools with additional resources, we are promoting educational equity and helping ensure that a child’s zip code doesn’t determine the quality of education they receive.”



Funding to Support Students from Low-Income Households


To ensure schools can effectively support their highest-need students, CPS is increasing the per-student funding allocation for all students from low-income households. Last year, CPS increased the rate for Supplemental Aid (formerly Supplemental General State Aid) from $857 per student to $910 per student, and this year CPS is increasing the allocation to $920 per student. Additionally, CPS is maintaining total school-based Title 1 allocations in 2019-20, even though the district’s enrollment has decreased, which is raising the average per-student Title 1 allocation from $853 to $887.

Research has shown that students from low-income households generally require additional resources to be successful, and the targeted funding for these students will help ensure schools have the resources to provide all students with the support they need and deserve.



Increased Funding for English Learners

In addition to providing equity grants to high-needs schools and increasing funding to support students from low-income families, CPS is allocating an additional $6 million to ensure English Learners receive a high-quality education that supports their needs and celebrates their heritage. Through this investment, 35,000 students at the 112 schools with the highest concentration of English Learners will receive additional funding to support bilingual instruction. This investment will impact approximately half of the district’s English Learners in schools throughout the city.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 12:57 PM
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It’s never enough.

It will never be enough.

The truth that nobody wants to admit is that you can build Harvard down there and it won’t uplift those communities. The problem isn’t the lack of facilities. The problem is the people.

Most of the entrepreneurs and successful people left these areas years ago. They are on the north side, the burbs, or left the region altogether.

Money spent on new buildings is a trashing of public money. Might as well feed that money to alligators. These areas need new people. Immigration is the only practical answer.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 5:02 PM
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The way Chance phrased his remarks was a little weird
it wasn't just "a little weird".

it was dog whistle bullshit.

ie. "she ain't black enough".

as i said before, i would have expected better from chance.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 5:25 PM
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^ It seems deeper, there almost appears to be some sort of rift going on in Chicago's black community into 2 factions:

1. The Govt dependent, machine politics traditional faction supported by unions, ministers, etc that's with Preckwinkle

2. Those in the private sector/professionals who may be more likely to support Lightfoot
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 6:28 PM
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Seems all the hand-wringing about rent control was a bit premature. The bill to lift the state ban on rent control failed to get out of committee. It couldn't pass the first hurdle in a process of at least 7 hurdles. (committee vote, house vote, senate vote, governor's signature, city council committee vote, full city council vote, mayor's signature).

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Guzzardi’s bill died in subcommittee today when Democratic Reps. Curtis Tarver and Rita Mayfield sided with Republicans and voted against it and Rep. Andre Thapedi voted “Present.” The Chicagoland Apartment Association put together a coalition to lobby against the bill and issued a press release celebrating its demise…
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 6:37 PM
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Is it actually dead though? Or just kinda dead?


Speaking of the non-existence of the "housing crisis" in Chicago:

I have a $750/mo 2BD/1BA at Cermak and Albany available starting May 1st. Bedrooms and bathrooms are tight, but I just gutted the bathroom with new tile. The whole building has new drywall, electrical, and plumbing since 1996 so it's not even a shitty plaster wall fire hazard either.

Any takers? Kenmore? Anyone who is bitching about rent increases? Seriously, now's your chance to live two blocks from the Pink Line like a 15 minute train ride from the Loop...
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 6:48 PM
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Couldn't you say people buying houses and condo's are getting rent control from the bank though. Plus you get to deduct it from your taxes yet renters cant deduct their rent . You get to pay a fixed rent for 30 years without it going up. In the meantime the value of the property is going up, so there's no reason why the bank couldn't raise the mortgage as the value of the property goes up to reflect that. Since they don't get paid till the mortgage is paid off in 30 years or whatever the time period is. If you bought a house at auction for $200k and in 10 years its worth $500k you got rent control for it. You should be paying a bigger mortgage to the bank.
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Couldn't you say people buying houses and condo's are getting rent control from the bank though. Plus you get to deduct it from your taxes yet renters cant deduct their rent . You get to pay a fixed rent for 30 years without it going up. In the meantime the value of the property is going up, so there's no reason why the bank couldn't raise the mortgage as the value of the property goes up to reflect that. Since they don't get paid till the mortgage is paid off in 30 years or whatever the time period is. If you bought a house at auction for $200k and in 10 years its worth $500k you got rent control for it. You should be paying a bigger mortgage to the bank.
Real Estate taxes continue to skyrocket. So does home owners insurance. Many people have ARMs so the mortgage payment can change. Rent control is an arbitrary government enforced price control.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 7:11 PM
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Couldn't you say people buying houses and condo's are getting rent control from the bank though. Plus you get to deduct it from your taxes yet renters cant deduct their rent . You get to pay a fixed rent for 30 years without it going up. In the meantime the value of the property is going up, so there's no reason why the bank couldn't raise the mortgage as the value of the property goes up to reflect that. Since they don't get paid till the mortgage is paid off in 30 years or whatever the time period is. If you bought a house at auction for $200k and in 10 years its worth $500k you got rent control for it. You should be paying a bigger mortgage to the bank.
Wow, what?

Nothing at all related to property ownership remains "fixed" for 30 years

Standard residential loans are fixed for 30 years, but all commercial mortgages renew ever 5-7 years at the latest interest rates. So that can go up, and often does.

Property tax is always going up.

Maintenance costs go up over time as your property ages.

Utility costs always rise.

Rents MUST go up over time or else you'll be in the red. Sorry renters, but there's no such thing as a free lunch.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 7:13 PM
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Seems all the hand-wringing about rent control was a bit premature. The bill to lift the state ban on rent control failed to get out of committee. It couldn't pass the first hurdle in a process of at least 7 hurdles. (committee vote, house vote, senate vote, governor's signature, city council committee vote, full city council vote, mayor's signature).

From Capitol Fax
Yeah, I heard something of this sort.

There are enough sensible people among the elected officials to stave off the Socialists, at least so far. We must remain ever vigilant, though.

Btw, is this seriously how the Rent Control question was worded in the referendum?

“Should the State of Illinois lift the ban on rent control to address rising rents, unjust evictions, and gentrification in our community?”

That's just precious
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Yeah, I heard something of this sort.

There are enough sensible people among the elected officials to stave off the Socialists, at least so far. We must remain ever vigilant, though.

Btw, is this seriously how the Rent Control question was worded in the referendum?

“Should the State of Illinois lift the ban on rent control to address rising rents, unjust evictions, and gentrification in our community?”

That's just precious
That's hilarious considering the cities with rent control like San Francisco and New York have experienced far more gentrification than Chicago.
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That's hilarious considering the cities with rent control like San Francisco and New York have experienced far more gentrification than Chicago.
Of course and one of the reasons for that is...

Drumroll...

Rent control driving up prices for the masses to the benefit of the few lucky ones.
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Old Posted Mar 28, 2019, 1:09 AM
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Lololol, heads gonna roll:

https://abc7chicago.com/fbi-reviewin...urces/5219838/

FBI now investigating the State's attorney's office and their handling of the Smollett Hoax. Wonder if Kim Foxx is going to get strung up on obstruction of justice charges?

PS the FBI is still investigating the letter:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...327-story.html
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^ It seems deeper, there almost appears to be some sort of rift going on in Chicago's black community into 2 factions:

1. The Govt dependent, machine politics traditional faction supported by unions, ministers, etc that's with Preckwinkle

2. Those in the private sector/professionals who may be more likely to support Lightfoot
Purely anecdotal but it seems to me like many of the black "private sector/professionals" are fleeing the city unless forced to remain because they are city workers. If you have the option of living in the suburbs or taking your skills to another city and avoiding the dysfunction of the South Side, why wouldn't you do that?

So Group #1 has a numerical advantage on Group #2 and the well-publicized black exodus is only making that advantage bigger.
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Lololol, heads gonna roll:

https://abc7chicago.com/fbi-reviewin...urces/5219838/

FBI now investigating the State's attorney's office and their handling of the Smollett Hoax. Wonder if Kim Foxx is going to get strung up on obstruction of justice charges?

PS the FBI is still investigating the letter:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...327-story.html
Whoa, I'm certainly no expert, but this seems pretty abnormal.

Also, what is gained by dropping the charges. Seems like red meat for racist Trump types.
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Lololol, heads gonna roll:

https://abc7chicago.com/fbi-reviewin...urces/5219838/

FBI now investigating the State's attorney's office and their handling of the Smollett Hoax. Wonder if Kim Foxx is going to get strung up on obstruction of justice charges?

PS the FBI is still investigating the letter:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...327-story.html

I have a little time today so I will bite. Not to be the PC police but the use of words like "strung up" in reference to an African American is... well Louis... you know what goes next so I won't bother to write it. Lets just chalk this one up to us all being human/multi-tasking without fully thinking about what we post sometimes. I say this because I have never seen you make such a mistake in the past so this definitely gets a pass in my book

Regarding this whole Smollett debacle, as an attorney for close to 20 years, I have never seen anything like it in my entire career. I had a cup of coffee as a State's Attorney, Public Guardian and Public Defender -- all by the age of 30 just to get real trial experience under my belt before accepting a position with a law firm. I never saw anything like this - period.

Of course there has never been a case quite like this one with a celebrity involved (at least not in Chicago) but I have been directly involved with somewhat similar cases where Average Joe is involved and they almost always walk away with paper following them -- meaning a CD ("conditional discharge") - permanent criminal record... or probation - permanent criminal record. Never a Nolle (decline to prosecute/dismissal). A "Sup" (Supervision) or some type of carved out deferred program (for example - no criminal record if all of the conditions are met over the course of 1 year) would have been a homerun, and under this amount of evidence would have been the absolute best that a defense attorney could have reasonably hoped for. And a Sup or deferred program would be light (pretty much a slap on the wrist if you will) but at least that would have kept up the appearance of propriety, justice and fairness. But under this amount of evidence... a Nolle? Never happens.

Yes, this one should be thoroughly investigated.


Excuse the typos guys I am trying to get it all in while eating lunch. Also some the criminal laws may have changed since the last time I practiced criminal law but from friends and colleagues still in criminal practice, no, this was a "one-off".... something they NEVER see in the day to day practice of criminal law.
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Couldn't you say people buying houses and condo's are getting rent control from the bank though. Plus you get to deduct it from your taxes yet renters cant deduct their rent . You get to pay a fixed rent for 30 years without it going up. In the meantime the value of the property is going up, so there's no reason why the bank couldn't raise the mortgage as the value of the property goes up to reflect that. Since they don't get paid till the mortgage is paid off in 30 years or whatever the time period is. If you bought a house at auction for $200k and in 10 years its worth $500k you got rent control for it. You should be paying a bigger mortgage to the bank.
This is a really asinine comment - you are either playing devils advocate, or have no idea how home ownership works.
Typical comment on here of punishing people who make smart investments - why on earth should a home owner be forced to make a bigger payment to a bank. Additionally, homeowners pay property taxes (mine, in the city of Chicago have gone up $15k over the past 12 months), Home owners insurance, etc. You have lost your mind.
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let's hope this is the death of Kim Foxx's political career.


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Kim Foxx defends Jussie Smollett decision as office says she 'did not formally recuse herself’

Foxx had said she recused herself from the case last month after revealing she had contact with Smollett's representatives early on in the investigation. She declined to provide details at the time, but on Wednesday, her office quibbled over the terminology, saying Foxx did not formally recuse herself “in a legal sense.”
source: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...327-story.html
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let's hope this is the death of Kim Foxx's political career.




source: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...327-story.html
Wow, would be great to see both Prekwinkle and Foxx political careers ended in the same month.
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