Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bi-Polar Electorate

  • Angry parents Wednesday accused Chicago Public Schools of playing favorites on the longer school day issue and paying staff to hold spaces in a very long ling to ensure pro-longer day speakers would be able to address board members.

  • Hundreds packed board chambers and an overflow room Wednesday, many of them supporting a day of 6.5 hours instead of the proposed 7.5 hour day proposed by CPS officials.

So a longer day was a good idea, then it was a bad idea, now there's a compromise 6.5 hour day on the table.

We're seeing the same thing with the red light cameras:
  • It's for the children;
  • Hey, wait a minute, what hours are the cameras running?
  • That seems excessive;

And finally the aldercreatures delay hearings because the voters haven't any idea what they really want. And the cops are wondering where all the gravely injured kids are that the cameras are supposed to protect - there don't seem to be any.

Oh, and that school budget shortfall? Getting bigger:

  • District officials were expected to update board members later Wednesday on their contentions that next year’s deficit could once again be as large as $700 million.

All those cuts and it's still $700 million?

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46 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The latest is that the budget deficit could be as high as $$$ONE BILLION by 2014! Mayor Fat Ass Daley stopped paying into the teachers pension fund for three years. Now the bill is coming due. The schools in this town are in a shambles. Now taxpayers will have to cover the cost of Daley's numbers game. How do you think this fuckhead came up with "balanced" budgets every year. Rob Peter to pay Paul. No wonder this bastard is always laughing.

3/29/2012 12:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Racoon still thinks he can push the school Speed Camera ordinance through the City Council. He is laying back in the weeds to let things settle down. Lots of voters in the wards see this scam for what it is...a money grab like every thing else in this shithole city. If the spineless Aldercreatures are smart they will let this thing die. Probably won't happen. Too many $Millions are at stake for the Racoon's greedy pals.

3/29/2012 12:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just for kicks, I've tried - TWICE - to drive at the new, improved, speed-camera mandated speed limit of 20mph.

Both times, I've had passengers in the car. Both times, traffic was fairly light, in the middle of the day.

Both times, I was nearly run off the road by angry drivers who overtook me in seconds and who seemed none too happy, if you assume their horn-honking and hand-gestures were a measure of their moods. (My passengers were pretty vocal about how stupid and pointless the crawl-speed was, too.)

Driving 20mph down a boulevard (yup, near schools and parks) with little traffic and zero kids in sight was painful. You feel like you are literally crawling along and there's no REASON to be crawling along. None. No visible kids, pets or pedestrians of any kind.

Try it. You'll HATE it.

Add a weekly speeding ticket to your household budget and you'll REALLY hate it. But, on the bright side, this will serve to alienate the entire voting base and unite them against Rahm Emanuel in a way NOTHING else could.

3/29/2012 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know that the electorate is bi-polar, or just slow to react.

When Rahm is forcing these things down our throats, much of it seems so unlikely, but once the reality that this kind of idiocy is actually going to occur, combined with citizen education (such as from SCC), is when the backlash begins.

Better late than never!

3/29/2012 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

700 million because the teachers' contract is up! What future expenses did they put in and what revenue did they defer to later years? Maybe they should think about a 4.5 hour day?

3/29/2012 01:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The speed cameras will have a big rippling effect.

Not only will people who get these tickets abhor the fact that they will feel cheated by the city, and food taken out of their families mouths,each month!

But the drivers that will drive slowly everywhere, to be assured of not getting these tickets, will cause huge traffic problems, and the road rage incidents will go hatwire!

This is truly a bad idea for the city, and another way should be presented to generate money!

Because we all know this is nothing more than a money grab!

3/29/2012 02:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What kind of psycho want's their kids home sooner rather than later?

3/29/2012 04:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody wanted the damn cameras other than the companies and politicians who stand to make money from them.

3/29/2012 04:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Hey, I'm Just Sayin, said...

There is no bigger lie or scam in this country than the profession of public school education. Yes, educating our children IS important but our cesspool of pond scum politicians have turned it into a treasure trove of tax money that they plunder at will. Just TRY to find where all the money went in CPS and most other public school systems and there will be mountains of red tape, smoke and mirrors, over purchases, and double billing.

Schools need to just teach. The bureaucracies that exist are sooo bloated so as to keep the fat cat administrators wealthy, that THAT has become the priority... creating JOBS for the administrators that pay them well. The focus of education "for the children" has, long ago, become a periphery cause.

Our "Most Corrupt" state of Illinois has turned this corruption into a science. Nearly ALL of the HIGHEST PAID 100 public pensioners in Illinois are from the schools and universities. This is one public service profession that definitely believes in servicing themselves before the public.

http://www.taxpayersunitedofamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/Top100April2011.pdf

3/29/2012 06:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's another way to generate money/revenue....STOP STEALING!!!!

3/29/2012 07:30:00 AM  
Blogger ANGRY PIG said...

Speed cameras do nothing to prevent an accident they only punish and collect revenue.In order to really help and care for The Children, all rham has to do is put in speed bumps, these actually make people slow down and protect The Children.After all, it is about The Children , right?

3/29/2012 07:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only there could be an organized "call in" to the aldermen's offices strongly urging them not to vote for the cameras, much like what has been done in congress the past couple of years. The aldermen might take notice.

3/29/2012 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

now let's see, business as usual at the board crying poor mouth when they know that teachers will be looking for a raise--- good politicians always come up with a solution--- raise property taxes again and add some more tax to booze, gas, and cigarettes--- the democratic way, instead of solving the problem just kick the can down the road for the next sucker to deal with it....

3/29/2012 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just the other day another kid was hit and killed by a train. It seems that more students are being killed and or severely injured by commuter trains than speeding goofs in cars! Where are the cameras looking at those demonic trains?????

Why haven't any of our brainier alderpeople considered the low tec solution to speeders around schools? Stop signs on every corner with speed bumps on the street between them. Always worked before. No new contracts needed.

3/29/2012 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPS is BLOATED with " management " all earning 6 figured salaries, making CPD look streamlined.

3/29/2012 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is one agenda for this city now and the concerns and benefits of the citizens are not on it. Only one alderwan seems to be questioning this dictator and was told if you don't like it f$@! U!

3/29/2012 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Manuel just found 7billion dollars to rebuild the city, but not to hire more police or secure city debts.

3/29/2012 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So where does all that lottery money really go? Isn't that money suppose to go to the Public School system?

3/29/2012 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are the parents NOT paid by 9.5. No 6 million dollar internet reverends, gangbangers, piss bums, holding signs and chanting the paid in full ghetto mantra...."yeah whatever he said". These are REAL parents with skin in the game. They work, pay property taxes and send their kids to public schools. This schedule doesnt make sense to them and places an unwarranted burden for these parents, to change schedules for afterschool athletics, music programs and routines set for homework and family times before the children go to bed. These parents dont need their teachers or schools as babysitters.

3/29/2012 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

every body in a hurry,

such that life becomes all blurry,

as i sit and watch and wait,

for all to come and meet their fate.




Chalkie

3/29/2012 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAYOR and CITY OFFICIALS... NO SPEED CAMS AT SCHOOLS. Why r u continuously hurting law abiding people, who r just trying to drop their kids off and get to work? Why do you not put up DRUG DEALER cams or GANGBANGER cams? Why do u not tax, charge or require a permit or ID for those ADDICTS who wheel stolen copper, heating/air units, siding ect. in your City cans to scrap yard for few bucks! For gods sake, u even require kids trying to make a few honest bucks to buy a street performers permit. Please STOP HURTING THE HONEST LAW ABIDING PEOPLE.

3/29/2012 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm baffled how they can continue to be so top heavy and have so many layers of bureaucracy yet continue to lay off teachers. A complete restructuring should take place, although I imagine there are State mandates that keep that from happening. Too much Government!

3/29/2012 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9.5 finds some $$$ ?

from Crain's
Rahm vows $7.2 billion in infrastructure work, calls for final new runway at O'Hare

(Greg Hinz on Politics) — The mayor details previously announced capital projects and outline what's yet to come in a major infrastructure upgrade.

3/29/2012 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

spend a ton of ca$h on public schools..look at the finnished products.

3/29/2012 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come no one counters Rahm that there are already those annoying speed humps around every school, park, and surrounding streets in the city when he says the speed cameras are 'for the kids', 1000+ more cops on the street would protect the 'kids' much better than cameras ever could.

3/29/2012 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If ever there was a 1 term mayor, this douche is it. This fucker has even fucked over those morons that voted him in. Just last week, heard of 1 of'em lament "I'm so sorry I voted for his ass."

3/29/2012 12:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After the games are done and this little dog and pony show is over and the speed cams are installed, the foot is in the door.

What I mean is the argument to only have the camera's being operational for only a few hours a day doesn't make any sense.

Why should we only protect just the children from speeding autos? Are the adults second class citizens that don't have to be protected? The message becomes that it's okay for an adult to get run down.

Therefore I'd expect the cameras to have an option based upon a timer whereas during schools hours they would trip at the lower school speed zone limits and after school trip at the higher speed limit.

The cash generated for the mayor and the rest of the politicians is just too much to resist. It's like taking candy from a baby. They're probably pacing back and forth right now mumbling to themselves over and over "we got to get our hands on that money -- look at all that money.."

Heh..how about installing DUI reckless and negligent driving cams within a quarter mile of every establishment in the city that sells liquor! Treat the areas around these establishments like a school zone at closing time.

We could use the same technology and drop the speed limits in these areas at 2am and 5am and whatever the closing times are for the bars and clubs and restaurants in the area.

Then we can have the city saturated with cameras and with all the new traffic tickets and collection notices being sent we can protect the post office from laying off more people and save those jobs at the same time. hahah

/sarcasm

Meanwhile, on the $800 million school budget shortfall I say good luck on any school principle that left their comfy job to come to Chicago because the mayor offered a $25K signing bonus. Chances are you will be either out of a job or that $25K will come out of your pensions in the next year so it's a zero sum game.

Oh..and we also wonder about those fifth graders that Rahm told not to leave Chicago to seek a better educations while selling his "International" Baccalaureate Diploma program.

With the CPS system so poorly managed looking at a $1 billion dollar shortfall by 2014 what will the CPS remnants look like? Will there be any International programs at all?

3/29/2012 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speed trap cameras.

The city alderman are most likely praying right now for a kid to get struck in a school zone or a park so that they can used them as tools for a hospital photo-op and reason to push the camera bill forward.

That's all they're waiting for.

Watch for the media blitz and the crocodile tears when it happens.

We'll see some kid with a cast on in a hospital bed, they'll bring some stuffed animal toys to ramp-up the cuteness factor, the mayor may be there, the alderman will be there with their hair all slicked back like it's their first day of school...heh you know the drill.

Screw the kids in the hospital as a result of gunshot wounds. That's not important right now. We need something to win the hearts and minds of the people to get these cameras installed.

3/29/2012 01:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now the smiling Racoon wants to spend 7 $Billion more dollars we don't have. What the fuck is wrong with these deranged Democrats. If you are out of cash YOU STOP SPENDING! This city is broke and in huge debt. We cannot spend our way out of this. This little bastard has taxed just about everything there is and he still wants more. He says it will create 30,000 jobs. BULLSHIT! All it will create is more debt and more contracts for his connected pals who donate to his campaigns.

3/29/2012 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never knew driving the speed limit is such a terrible thing. It might be a money grab but if you don't speed you wont get a ticket. Raising prices on mandatory things like city stickers is a legit beef. Complaining because you wanna drive fast and don't feel you should be ticketed for it is not.

3/29/2012 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger Just A City Worker said...

http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/At-a-glance/Documents/EmployeePositionRoster_08_01_11.pdf

You have budget analysts making 53k a year....and Senior Budget Analysts making 89k a year and the Director of Finance CPS making 115k a year and Ostro,Ginger Acting Officer 167,000.00 for dubiously unspecified duties....of course they will have a Huge fucking shortfall.


Why the Hell does CPS need Separate services that already exist in current City Agencies, they are not special.

3/29/2012 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Save some money put in some speed bumps instead!!!!!!!

3/29/2012 03:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live close to the expressway and I get on it to go shopping, dining and entertainment all out of town!

The only thing that keeps me in this city is this job that I will retire from soon!

So FUCK YOU!!! Rahm and stoopid Alderman! I spend my money outside this thieving city!

3/29/2012 03:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never knew driving the speed limit is such a terrible thing. It might be a money grab but if you don't speed you wont get a ticket. Raising prices on mandatory things like city stickers is a legit beef. Complaining because you wanna drive fast and don't feel you should be ticketed for it is not.

3/29/2012 01:43:00 PM
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The speed limit will now be TWENTY MILES AN HOUR in most of the city, most of the time.
You don't drive a car, do you?

3/29/2012 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speed cameras do nothing to prevent an accident they only punish and collect revenue.In order to really help and care for The Children, all rham has to do is put in speed bumps, these actually make people slow down and protect The Children.After all, it is about The Children , right?

3/29/2012 07:34:00 AM
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So, you want speedbumps on Kedzie? And 95th, and Western, and Irving Park, and Harlem, and Ogden, and Cicero and Foster???? Because that's what you just said you want to see.

3/29/2012 05:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just the other day another kid was hit and killed by a train. It seems that more students are being killed and or severely injured by commuter trains than speeding goofs in cars! Where are the cameras looking at those demonic trains?????

Why haven't any of our brainier alderpeople considered the low tec solution to speeders around schools? Stop signs on every corner with speed bumps on the street between them. Always worked before. No new contracts needed.

3/29/2012 09:12:00 AM
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You are clear on the fact that the kids hit by the trains are SUICIDES, right? One has nothing to do with the other, not even in jest.

3/29/2012 05:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All those cuts and it's still $700 million?

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Racoon Rahm & rotten richie have a lot of friends to take care of. We get to pay for this bullshit !!!

3/29/2012 09:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

School use to be from 9 A.M. to 3:15 P.M. with an hour for lunch and 2 -15 minute recesses.. and kids came out with not just an education but enough intelligence to create all these new things to make our lives easier.. look at all the new inventions that made life easier for all from 1950 on..NOW they have to have our kids 7.5 hours a day and kids come out and can't even make CHANGE for a dollar without a computer telling them how much to give..they have NO clue how to do the simplest things without an instruction manual which many can not read.. WHAT is wrong with this picture..??? MAYBE we need to go back so we can go forward..

3/29/2012 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speed bumps don't produce revenue. Just money for the original connected contractor.

3/29/2012 11:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"normal" parents want longer school anything. believe it or not it does the kid good. normal people work 9 hours per day. kids should be getting ready for real life, no? is this why american kids test lower compared to other countries? self discipline and responsibilty are characteristics which should be understood at a young age.

3/30/2012 05:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spend my money outside this thieving city!


Same here. Live near Niles, Morton Grove & Park Ridge. Do all of my shopping in either.

3/30/2012 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Just the other day another kid was hit and killed by a train. It seems that more students are being killed and or severely injured by commuter trains than speeding goofs in cars! Where are the cameras looking at those demonic trains?????

Why haven't any of our brainier alderpeople considered the low tec solution to speeders around schools? Stop signs on every corner with speed bumps on the street between them. Always worked before. No new contracts needed.

3/29/2012 09:12:00 AM
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You are clear on the fact that the kids hit by the trains are SUICIDES, right? One has nothing to do with the other, not even in jest.

3/29/2012 05:41:00 PM

What makes you so sure they were SUICIDES? Have you never seen a kid walking with earphones on listening to tunes and damn near got hit walking into traffic? How many people got hit trying to get to a train by crossing the tracks and never saw the other train coming? It's not all people jumping in front of "EL" trains. There are other commuter trains too.

3/30/2012 10:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son's principal makes $250,000.00
vice-principal makes $175,000.00
plus benefits, so right away a chunk of a schools budget is gone to pay 2 people.

3/30/2012 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If rahm gets his way the the school day will be 9.5 hours of DAAAAAAAAAnce

3/30/2012 03:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What makes you so sure they were SUICIDES? Have you never seen a kid walking with earphones on listening to tunes and damn near got hit walking into traffic? How many people got hit trying to get to a train by crossing the tracks and never saw the other train coming? It's not all people jumping in front of "EL" trains. There are other commuter trains too.

3/30/2012 10:26:00 AM
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Here you are. Go educate yourself on current events.
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/03/26/teen-killed-by-metra-train-was-son-of-college-president/

3/30/2012 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make them bording school for all the shit I give. Better yet lock the bitches down.

4/02/2012 03:20:00 AM  

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