In the News ~ July 16

Our Opinion: Empower high schoolers to save lives  – Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone at any time, and high schools certainly aren’t off limits to the possibility.


Taxpayers need to know how much
(Champaign News Gazette © 07/16/2014)

Concerning the story in the July 13 News-Gazette about the proposals for a new high school site, while I did enjoy the article by staff reporter Julie Wurth, I felt that it lacked the one piece of information that we are all looking for: How much are my property taxes going to go up?


Election for mayor of Chicago: Is Emanuel in trouble?
(Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 07/16/2014)

Many believed Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s toughest potential challenger, but today she explained why she’s not the one.


Emanuel avoids his strongest but not his most intense re-election foe July 16, 2014
(Crains Chicago Business © 07/16/2014)

If Chicago is still going to have a mayoral contest of consequence in February and that’s a big if it will be louder, more intense and quite probably more divisive than if Toni Preckwinkle were running.


Lewis as mayor would be city’s biggest mistake since Chicago Fire
(Chicago Sun Times © 07/15/2014)

A Karen Lewis run for mayor would the biggest mistake since the Chicago Fire. She has no knowledge how to run a government office


Preckwinkle won’t run for Chicago mayor
(Chicago Tribune © 07/15/2014)

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced that she will not run for mayor of Chicago.


Preckwinkle rules out bid for mayor
(Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 07/15/2014)

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is ruling out a 2015 bid for Chicago mayor.


Toni Preckwinkle says she won’t run for Chicago mayor
(Chicago WGN (WB) 9 © 07/15/2014)

In a statement issued Tuesday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle issued a statement saying that she will not run for mayor in 2015.


Race for Chicago Mayor: Who’s in and who’s out?
(Chicago WGN (WB) 9 © 07/15/2014)

The Chicago mayoral election is still several months away, but talk of the race is already heating up.



Dist 299


Preckwinkle’s Out – Lewis Leans In


Uh-oh, this Emanuel-Lewis thing is looking sorta real, now.  Preckwinkle is out. The national press has got ahold of the story. Could be fun messy great awful, right? — especially if Lewis retains her role as union head while running. Nationally, districts (CPS?) are getting ready to handle an influx of Central American refugee kids, and Deieon Sanders’ charter school is in big trouble.




Toni Preckwinkle Will Not Run For Mayor Chicagoist: All the wishful thinking for a Rahm Emanuel-Toni Preckwinkle race for mayor may now cease. Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board President, absolutely, positively, definitively ruled out a mayoral run Tuesday.


Preckwinkle’s decision good for Emanuel and Lewis Sun Times: With all signs now pointing toward Lewis entering the race, it only made sense for Preckwinkle to end the speculation about her own plans, which had been re-fueled by two new polls showing she could defeat Emanuel.


Karen Lewis: Preckwinkle decision ‘changes the playing field’ Chicago Sun-Times: Karen Lewis says Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s decision to rule out a run for mayor “changes the playing field.” But the outspoken teachers union president was not yet ready to suit up and join the game herself.


Rahm Emanuel vs. Karen Lewis Would Be a Bloody Mayoral Battle New Republic: Both are former dancers and ballet aficionados, as well as products of elite colleges: Lewis was the first African-American woman to graduate from Dartmouth; Emanuel attended Sarah Lawrence. And Lewis, like Emanuel, is Jewish.


Rahm Emanuel’s problems WBEZ: Joining us to discuss the issues with Emanuel and his prospective challengers is UIC Professor Dick Simpson and Democratic strategist Kitty Kurth.




Alderman warns of ‘re-segregation’ of city’s top public high schools Chicago Sun-Times: African-American aldermen demanded Tuesday that Chicago Public Schools modify admissions standards at its most elite public high schools to stop a surge of white enrollment at the expense of black students.


Chicago Aldermen, CPS Officials Discuss Steps To Address Progress Illinois: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials were in the hot seat at a City Hall hearing on Tuesday over enrollment standards


CPS Teacher Claims He Was Fired For Speaking Out On Alleged Wrongdoing CBS Local: He also sent CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett an email about the alleged wrongdoings, to which she responded ‘If accurate, this is completely unacceptable.”


Parent group: CPS is spreading resources too thin Chicago Sun-Times: From the time Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced there were 100,000 “empty” seats in public schools, CPS will have added 21,481 new seats and 42 new charter and alternative high schools by fall, according to the parent group.




Schools a haven for kids who crossed border alone AP: Schools and districts in metropolitan areas such as Washington, Houston and Miami have seen an uptick in the number of these students and anticipate more could enroll this fall.


Judge Blasts School Officials and Justice Department ProPublica: The Huntsville ruling is important, both because the district is racially diverse and because it is the largest in the state still under federal mandate to desegregate.


Lessons from Rocketship’s 100-Student Classroom Model EdSurge: Why the blended learning leader is taking a step back and returning to its old model.


States’ Policies on Exit Exams and Common-Core Tests Merge, Collide State EdWatch: If states don’t modify their use of high school exit exams, there could be bad consequences for students, a New America Foundation report says.


Morals Clauses Prove Controversial For Catholic School Teachers WAMU: Catholic schools across the U.S. are requiring teachers to sign morality clauses, which have gotten some educators fired for marrying same-sex partners. It’s seen as a pushback among local church dioceses against changing state laws.


Inequalities Linger 50 Years After Civil Rights Act, Speakers Declare PK12: Speakers at a Tuesday event at Howard University in Washington, co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, argued that many inequalities still linger. Government officials and civil rights activists commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act by detailing both the law’s legacy and the challenges still to come.


Phoenix Latinos rising with high school robotics program AJAM: Inspirational teacher chronicled in new documentary helps poor Hispanic students bridge achievement gap, conquer MIT




Deieon Sanders charter high school is facing closure SB Nation: It placed dead last in a ranking of area public and charter schools earlier this year. Audio surfaced showing Sanders saying he would break the neck of school co-founder D.L. Wallace, who was making considerably more money than than the ex-Cowboys cornerback.


Chromebooks And Tablets On The Way To Montgomery County Classrooms WAMU: The Montgomery County Board of Education signed off on a plan to put tens of thousands of laptops and tablets into the hands of youths in county schools.



Political News


State treasurer candidate gets education union backing
(Southern Illinoisan © 07/16/2014)

State Sen. Mike Frerichs, D-Champaign, delivered news Tuesday concerning an Illinois Education Association endorsement he received this week in his run for state Treasurer. “This was a big endorsement,” Frerichs said during a news conference at the IEA office in Carterville.


Amending the Illinois Constitution a tough path for pension reform
(Crains Chicago Business © 07/16/2014)

If the state’s new pension law is found unconstitutional, which looks more likely in light of a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision, one obvious remedy is to amend the constitution.


Campaign strategies for IL governor hopefuls
(WREX (NBC) 13 Rockford © 07/16/2014)

On Tuesday, the candidates for Illinois Governor, Democratic incumbent Governor Pat Quinn and his opponent, Republican businessman Bruce Rauner, released their campaign finance reports.


Bruce Rauner says economy, education top goals
(Rockford Register Star © 07/15/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner told about 275 people, mostly women at a Rockford Country Club luncheon today, that he has four goals if he were to succeed in his campaign for Illinois governor: to grow jobs, reduce taxes, invest in education, and take out cronyism in government.


Quinn, Rauner raise millions in second quarter
(Crains Chicago Business © 07/15/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner says he raised about $8 million in the second quarter and has about $3.5 million on hand for his bid for Illinois governor.


Rauner raised more cash in 2nd quarter, but Quinn has more cash on hand
(Chicago Sun Times © 07/16/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner raised more campaign dollars in the past three months, but Gov. Pat Quinn sat on the bigger stockpile of unspent money with four months left in the governor’s race, newly filed state campaign records showed Tuesday.


Paying Down Illinois’ Backlog of Bills
(Harrisburg WSIL (ABC) 3 © 07/15/2014)

A new claim from the Illinois Governor’s office says the state has paid down its backlog of bills by $6 billion


Quinn signs new rules for grants as panel probes
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 07/16/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois will have the “strongest grant oversight” nationwide after widespread problems were identified with his 2010 anti-violence program.


Gov. Quinn signs law establishing new rules for grants
(Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 07/16/2014)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation overhauling the state’s grant oversight and accountability process.


Quinn administration turns over emails
(Decatur Herald and Review © 07/16/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration has turned over an estimated 2,000 emails to a panel of lawmakers investigating a troubled anti-violence program.


Our View: Don’t hinder feds’ Quinn investigation
(DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 07/16/2014)

If the state’s Legislative Audit Commission convenes Wednesday and continues to move forward in its investigation of Gov. Pat Quinns Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, it would be a mistake.


Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Faces Questions About Now-Defunct Anti-Violence Program
(Huffpost Chicago © 07/16/2014)

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, fighting to hold onto his seat and his reputation as a reformer who’s cleaned up state government, is facing questions about a now-defunct anti-violence program he started in the run-up to his 2010 election after a state audit found funds were misused.


OUR VIEW: When crime is accused, let feds have 1st crack
(Streator Times-Press © 07/16/2014)

THE ISSUE: Feds weigh in on Quinn probe OUR VIEW: State commission needs to ride this one out for now


Reeder: Quinn should practice what he preaches when it comes to FOIA
(Morris Daily Herald © 07/16/2014)

The governor vetoed a measure that would greatly restrict an ordinary citizen’s ability to file Freedom of Information Act requests.


Lawmaker showdown today over Quinn probe
(Chicago Tribune © 07/16/2014)

A panel of lawmakers examining a troubled anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010 is scheduled to meet this morning in what could turn into a contentious battle over how to move forward after federal authorities asked them to halt their probe.


Quinn Faces Questions About Anti-Violence Program
(Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 07/16/2014)

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, fighting to hold onto his seat and his reputation as a reformer who’s cleaned up state government, is facing questions about a now-defunct anti-violence program he started in the run-up to his 2010 election after a state audit found funds were misused. …



National News



Emanuel avoids his strongest, but   not his most intense, re-election foe

With   Toni Preckwinkle out of the race for mayor, Chicago could have a very   different kind of election in February if schools chief Karen Lewis jumps in   to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But will it be good for Chicago? Crain’s Greg Hinz takes a look.

How Illinois fares in a corporate   inversion

Companies   including North Chicago-based AbbVie and Deerfield-based Walgreen are   pursuing or considering corporate inversions because of the potential for   billions in federal tax savings. But what do the moves mean for Illinois’ tax   receipts? Crain’s Joe Cahill has more.

— Plus, the Obama administration urges immediate action on corporate   inversions to shut down “this abuse of our tax system.” MarketWatch reports.

Amending Illinois Constitution a   tough path for pension reform

Crain’s analyzes the choices facing   lawmakers if the state’s new pension law is found unconstitutional, which   looks more likely in light of a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision.

Developer dropping $70 million on   Gold Coast condo site

Chicago   developer Jim Letchinger is drawing up plans for an ultra-luxury condominium   tower in the heart of the Gold Coast, at the southeast corner of State and   Walton streets, sources tell Chicago Real Estate Daily.

House Democrats seek Motorola   investigation

Three   senior House Democrats want the Department of Homeland Security’s internal   watchdog to investigate allegations that Motorola’s contracting tactics have   led state and local governments to squander millions of dollars on the   company’s pricey two-way emergency radio systems. McClatchy’s Washington Bureau reports.

Uncle Sam wants your ideas for State   Street

The   U.S. General Services Administration is seeking ideas for four vacant and   vintage buildings it owns on the 200 block of South State Street that have   been left behind in the recent Loop revitalization. Chicago Real Estate Daily has the story.

Quinn stockpiles, Rauner spends

Finance   reports filed yesterday show the distinct styles between the two major   governor candidates: Republican Bruce Rauner is willing to raise and spend   millions of dollars. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is content to hoard precious   resources, stockpiling $11.7 million in his campaign fund to begin July, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Boeing finalizes $19 billion order   that could double

Qatar   Airways said it finalized an order for 50 Boeing 777-9 X planes worth around   $19 billion, and agreed on purchase rights to buy more jets that could   potentially double the size of the deal. Bloomberg has more.

— Meanwhile, Bloomberg asks: Does Boeing need a   replacement for the 757?

Computer snafu gives city drivers   one-day reprieve

Computer   problems kept some Chicago residents waiting in line for over two hours as   they sought to renew their vehicle stickers last night. That prompted the   city clerk to issue a one-day reprieve from ticketing that otherwise would   have begun today. More from the Chicago Tribune.

Viral ‘Comcastic’ call taps into   customer service frustration

A   man calls Comcast and tries to cancel his service. A very aggressive customer   service rep is not having it. And you can hear the whole thing. Ad Age has the recording and more.



TIME com


Comcast Goes Shopping

While federal regulators, Congress, and most of K Street have been focused on Comcast’s massive, $45-billion proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast has been busy snapping up smaller fare


Murdoch Wanted Time Warner

Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate admitted Wednesday to making an unsuccessful $80 billion bid that would have reshaped the media landscape


Officials Warn of Water Parasite

Kansas and Florida officials issued health warnings about swimming after after a 9-year-old girl died from a brain-eating amoeba that lives in fresh water


Chicagoans May Sue George Lucas Over Tailgate Space

Though the billionaire Star Wars creator chose to build his private museum in the Windy City over spots in L.A. and San Francisco, Chicago Bears fans object to the museum’s planned location because it will occupy two of the parking lots currently dedicated to the arena


Another Beatles Documentary Gets Ticket to Ride

Ron Howard will direct a new film that will follow the lives of the Fab Four during their touring career between 1960 and 1966. Reportedly Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison are all on board


BMW Recalls 1.6 Million Series 3 Autos

The recall is to replace passenger-side front airbags on the vehicles as a “voluntary precautionary measure” that affects 2000 to 2006 models and is aimed at minimizing the risk of faulty airbag activation, the company said


Politician Mistakes Y Campers for Migrant Children

Arizona legislator Adam Kwasman apologized for mistaking kids on a bus destined for YMCA summer camp for a group of frightened migrant children en route to a local shelter. In a now deleted tweet, he wrote, “This is not compassion. This is the abrogation of the rule of law”


UK Police Arrest 660 Suspected Pedophiles

The spate of arrests, after a six-month investigation, follows a string of pedophilia scandals that have dogged the UK. The suspects include doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers


Israel Targets Hamas Leaders

Israel intensified air attacks on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip after Hamas rejected an Egyptian ceasefire effort, targeting the homes of four senior Islamic militants. The Palestinian death toll in nine days of fighting rose to 204, with 1,450 wounded


Egypt: 7 Jailed for Life for Public Sexual Assaults

Three of the men received multiple life sentences as the government under new president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi cracks down on sexual assault. The sentences stem from four separate incidents, including one that occurred during celebrations for Sisi’s inauguration


Ku Klux Klan Hands Out Candy in South Carolina

Some residents in northwestern South Carolina say they found bags of candy on their street containing a piece of paper that said, “Save Our Land, Join the Klan.” It had a phone number that led to an automated message discussing KKK efforts against illegal immigration


Intruder Searches Kennedy Compound For Katy Perry

A man wearing a Captain America T-shirt and camouflage shorts allegedly broke into the Kennedy home in Massachusetts, looking for pop singer Perry. Does he know something we don’t know, or might he have confused Perry with former Kennedy paramour Taylor Swift?



The Washington Post


Forecasting House and Senate races

ELECTION LAB | Here’s the latest from Monkey Cage’s political scientists on who is expected to win in each state and district.

Forecast: 86 percent chance GOP wins Senate | Methodology


Israel steps up assault, urges Gazans to flee

Fresh attacks targeted the homes of Hamas leaders a day after plans for a truce fell apart, raising the possibility of a wider conflict.


Jon Stewart to Hillary Clinton: No one cares about your book

People really want to know if she’s running for president, and “The Daily Show” host tried to get the answer.


A new phase in Obamacare: Confused consumers

Nonprofits are being swamped with questions from enrollees, some of whom have never had health insurance and don’t understand the basics of coverage.


Marines’ legendary ‘Lion of Fallujah’ died while working in secret CIA role

Marine Maj. Doug Zembiec had taken on a role with the agency’s paramilitary arm when he was killed.


Border crisis: ‘You guys are not going to be able to stop them from getting in’

Tens of thousands of Central Americans are trying to reach the U.S. for a variety of reasons.


Worldviews: The children aren’t always alone

O’Malley, Obama administration spar over policies


Rupert Murdoch’s Fox confirms spurned $80B bid for Time Warner

The deal would have created a behemoth empire with $61 billion in revenue, according to financials.


Word of the Day  Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Polaris   \ poh-LAIR-is, -LAR-, puh- \


1.Astronomy . the polestar or North Star, a star of the second magnitude situated close to the northpole of the heavens, in the constellation Ursa Minor: the outermost star in the handle of the LittleDipper.

2.a two-stage U.S. ballistic missile, usually fired from a submerged submarine.