CPS Worker Fights Residency
- Chicago Public Schools chief Ron Huberman said he plans to personally review the case of Dan Coyne, the social worker who was honored as a humanitarian at a luncheon today, less than a week after he was told he may lose his job.
After the luncheon, Coyne called the residency policy "fear-based and outdated" and said he hopes others who received residency-related termination notices will be judged on merit and not on where they live.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley "says if we get rid of the residency requirement, everyone would flee Chicago," Coyne said. "But I think Chicago is better than that and so are the people."
- A Chicago Public Schools social worker who was honored for donating his kidney and then threatened with being fired because he doesn’t live in the city responded today to word that schools CEO Ron Huberman might intervene in his case. Dan Coyne said he would welcome intervention by Huberman but also said he would like to see the city intervene on behalf of thousands of other CPS teachers who are in the same boat.
"Now it’s my understanding that one of Mayor Daley’s friends has a son who is a legislator holding up the legislation in committee trying to get this through our state legislator. [sic] I just wish that the mayor could call his friend and have the son release this from committee and let democracy take its place, and I do believe the people of Illinois would get rid of this archaic law."