In the News ~ Oct. 22

Teachers get most of their demands in proposed Hinsdale contract – Most of the Hinsdale High School District 86 teachers union’s demands are being met in a new two-year contract expected to be ratified Monday by the school board. That’s according to a copy of the contract proposal obtained by the Daily Herald. The district had sought a 35-step salary schedule that would have slowed teachers’ abilities to receive maximum pay.


NAACP brings GEA, 205 officials together
(Galesburg Register Mail © 10/22/2014)

A roundtable discussion next month sponsored by the Galesburg Chapter of the NAACP will bring together representatives of the Galesburg Education Association and District 205. The Galesburg NAACP hopes the discussion on Nov. 13 helps the community move on from the teachers strike in August.


Waukegan schools remain closed Wednesday
(Chicago Tribune © 10/22/2014)

There will be no classes again on Wednesday for Waukegan students because of a teachers strike that has continued for nearly three weeks. After a break from talks for a few days, union and Waukegan School District officials returned to the bargaining table at 9 a.m. Tuesday and were still negotiating late Tuesday evening.


Ebola, enterovirus guidelines distributed to schools
(Peoria Journal Star © 10/21/2014)

The Illinois State Board of Education is taking cues from state and federal agencies in preparing the state’s school districts on how to deal with the possibility of an Ebola outbreak, according to State Superintendent of Schools Chris Koch. Koch was in Peoria on Monday for the Illinois Principals Association two-day conference at the Peoria Civic Center.


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October Board Meeting Day


Happy Wednesday.  Today’s a Board meeting day, and the big announcement seems to be that Hancock HS is going to become selective.  In other news, CTU is selling a Gold Coast apartment tower it owns (who knew?), CPS enrollment is now below 400K (final numbers are in), and Catalyst wonders whether the Mayor’s preschool plan is good enough. All that plus national news and news from other cities is below the fold.




CPS plans elite status for high school on Southwest Side Tribune: The Chicago Board of Education is expected on Wednesday to approve a plan to make Hancock College Prep High School in the 2015-16 school year the city’s 11th selective-enrollment high school.


Sparse crowd at CPS HQ before Board of Ed vote on Hancock school
Chicago Sun-Times: Rosalyn Pedraza stood at a sparsely attended public meeting Tuesday at Chicago Public Schools headquarters fighting back tears and calling a proposal to convert Hancock College Preparatory High School into a selective enrollment school a “unilateral …


Teachers union selling Gold Coast apartment tower Crain’s Chicago Business: Chicago landlord Robert Buford, who owns more than 3,000 apartments on Chicago’s North Side, is adding 224 more by buying a Gold Coast tower from the Chicago Teachers Union.


Chicago Teachers Union Interim President Chicago Tonight: With both a gubernatorial and mayoral election pending, the Chicago Teachers Union is also prepping for contract negotiations with the city, while President Karen Lewis is out fighting brain cancer. Interim President Jesse Sharkey,


Jury still out on Emanuel preschool expansion plans Catalyst: Unlike any Chicago mayor before him, Rahm Emanuel has made the expansion of quality early childhood education programs a focal point of his agenda. He lengthened the official kindergarten school day, centralized the preschool application process, diverted some city revenue to make up for a loss in…


CPS enrollment dips below 400,000 for first time in years Sun Times: CPS-run schools lost about 5,000 elementary students and about 2,000 high school students, while schools run by charter and contract management organizations gained about 2,400 students.


Mayor Emanuel, Education and Community Leaders Launch Funding Campaign eNews Park Forest: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Board of Education President David Vitale and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett today announced a transformative $38 million arts education funding campaign…


All Teachers at Chicago School Sent to Sensitivity Training Because One Might National Review Online: Chicago Public Schools is sending all teachers at Medgar Evers Elementary to sensitivity training because one teacher may have called students stupid during recess.




Education Secretary Duncan talks tech with L.A. Unified’s Cortines LA Times: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a brief visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday, met with newly installed L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines to talk about local technology problems and the state of local schools.


Education secretary says time to debate preschool is over KPCC: U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a conference of preschool advocates in Los Angeles Tuesday that the value of early education to young children is undisputed and the effort should shift to expanding it to more kids.


Baker, Coakley to Face off in Gubernatorial Debate AP: GOP’s Baker, Democrat Coakley face each other in debate in race for Massachusetts governor


Schools Face Fears of Ebola, Drop in Attendance Texas Tribune: Fear over possible exposure to Ebola has triggered campus closures in some Texas school districts and additional safety measures at many more in the almost three weeks since a Dallas hospital diagnosed the first case of Ebola in the United States.


Nation’s Wealthy Places Pour Private Money Into Public Schools, Study Finds NYT: With funding formulas that cap or redirect local property tax revenues to state coffers, some places are looking for other ways to capture local money.


Classroom technology can make learning more dangerous, and that’s a good thing Hechinger Report: Steve Jobs once called the personal computer “a bicycle for our minds,” a tool that helps us go farther with the same amount of energy. But for many teachers, it has been a bumpy ride.




New York City Council to Look at School Segregation NYT: Though the Council has very limited power over public schools, the bill’s sponsors say they do have the ability to increase the volume of the conversation.


New York Schools Chancellor Replaces 8 Superintendents NYT: The major personnel reshuffling was the first since Chancellor Carmen Fariña took over in January.


Why Patrick Henry High is the perfect school to host Michelle Obama MinnPost: There are any number of reasons why Henry deserves the spotlight, including academic indicators that have earned it the state’s “reward” label — designating it as a school where students are able to achieve despite a 90 percent poverty rate.


Political News


Bill Clinton stumps for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 10/22/2014)

Former President Bill Clinton became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the re-election bids of Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, saying Tuesday that the candidates focus on issues important to voters, like jobs and health care. “I’m here to support Dick Durbin and Pat Quinn because I think they’re about the future,” Clinton told workers at Chicago-based manufacturing comp…


Bill Clinton campaigns for Quinn, Durbin
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 10/22/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn’s bid for re-election is getting support from former President Bill Clinton. Clinton appeared Tuesday with Quinn at Wheatland Tube, a metal tube manufacturer in Chicago, calling the facility proof that Quinn has helped turn around the state’s economic situation. When talking about the work of his …


The Clintons, the Democrats’ 2014 super surrogates
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 10/22/2014)

Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular. With speculation rampant about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a second presidential run, the power couple has blanketed the political map this fall, attending fundraisers and get-out-the-vote rallies …


Vice President Joe Biden to campaign in Illinois
(Bloomington Pantagraph © 10/22/2014)

Vice President Joe Biden is the latest political heavy weight to campaign in Illinois. The vice president is expected to attend a rally in support of Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider on Wednesday. Schneider is in a race with Republican Bob Dold in Illinois’ 10th congressional district. Schneider narrowly bested Dold in 2012 and the rematch this year is both expensive…


Rauner Boosts Campaign With Help From Governor Christie
(WTVO ABC 17 Rockford © 10/22/2014)

As the Rauner bus pulls into Dial Machine Manufacturing facility in Rockford, Stateline Republicans scream, yell, and clap for change. We are going to do it, because we are so close! Democrats and Republicans can both taste it. We are ready for a change, says Evelyn Sanguinetti. Bruce Rauner and running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti were greeted by hundreds of Stateline voters Tuesday.


Chuck Sweeny: Governor’s race firmly planted in the ‘Spin Zone’
(Freeport Journal Standard © 10/22/2014)

American political campaigns are notoriously substance-free and filled with venomous disinformation about the opposition candidates. Political ads can say anything they want, regardless of whether it’s misleading or false. It’s so bad that I wonder why anyone bothers to vote. Can you imagine if airlines advertised the way politicians do? Air Nebraska says they are a low-price airline.


Pat Quinn vs. Bruce Rauner vs. Chad Grimm — Nonpartisan Candidate Guide for Illinois Governor’s Race 2014
(Huffpost Chicago © 10/22/2014)

Are you looking for a nonpartisan voter guide to the Pat Quinn vs. Bruce Rauner vs. Chad Grimm Governor’s race? One that will give you an unbiased, no-spin comparison of candidate positions on key issues? That’s what our Campus Election Engagement Project guide will give you! We are a national nonpartisan initiative working with college and university administrators, faculty, and student leaders …


Rauner over Quinn
(Danville Commercial-News © 10/22/2014)

Rauner over Quinn Editor: Pat or Bruce? Should we stick with Pat Quinn on Nov. 4 or go with Bruce Rauner for governor? Pat has had six years to show what he can do for Illinois. Let’s review what he’s done: raised personal income taxes by 67 percent; stood by as Illinois has lost a net of several hundred thousand jobs; and hasn’t found a way to improve our schools,


Early voting signals beginning of end for election season
(Decatur Herald and Review © 10/22/2014)

With two weeks left to go until Election Day on Nov. 4, voters have started to head to the ballot box early. Monday was the first day residents were allowed to cast their ballots early throughout Illinois. With one of the most hotly contested gubernatorial races in the nation, with incumbent Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn going against Republican Bruce Rauner, along with advisory ballot …


Barickman: Gubernatorial candidates should stop focusing on negativity
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 10/22/2014)

How much is too much when it comes to political smack-talk? State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) believes it’s time for Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner to stop talking about why the other guy is the “bad guy.”


Topinka predicts a state ‘heart attack’ if Rauner has his way on taxes
(Chicago Tribune © 10/21/2014)

More on the gubernatorial debate anon, but first, here is a quote from Republican Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka taken from her debate last night on WTTW-Ch. 11 with Democratic challenger Sheila Simon. Moderator Carol Marin asked whether the state’s flat income tax rate should be allowed to fall back on schedule from 5 percent to 3.75 percent. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has indicated he …


Our Opinion: Choice for Illinois comptroller comes down to experience
(Springfield State Journal Register © 10/22/2014)

For all of the clueless candidates who manage to wade into politics in spite of themselves, it’s comforting to know there are public servants throughout Illinois who are sharp, competent and eager to improve government on behalf of the people. The difficulty comes when two experienced, well-regarded candidates are pitted against each other in an election.


Simon sets sights on comptroller
(Chicago WGN (WB) 9 © 10/22/2014)

Since 2011, Sheila Simon has held the second highest seat in Illinois, as Lieutenant Governor. Simon got her start in politics, serving on city council in her hometown of Carbondale. Prior to that, she prosecuted domestic violence cases for the Jackson County State Attorney’s office. Simon was catapulted to lieutenant governor after being plucked by then Lt. Governor Quinn for the Illinoi…


Illinois Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 10/22/2014)

CHICAGO – As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school – some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to help themselves. Looking to motivate younger people, minorities and others in their base to go to the …


Point-Counterpoint: Gov Candidates and Minimum Wage
(Champaign WCIA (CBS) 3 © 10/22/2014)

With a couple weeks left in the Illinois gubernatorial campaign, the two campaigns spoke to WCIA 3 on the biggest issues of the race. The first in our series is on whether or not Illinois should raise its minimum wage to $10 from its current $8.25 an hour mark. Both candidates were offered a chance to sit down and participate, each given a month to find a time and place. …


Staff Editorial: Minimum wage measure a great step for Illinois
(Charleston Daily Eastern News © 10/22/2014)

October 21, 2014 Filed under Opinions With Election Day drawing near, one of the selections on the ballots has caused widespread debate through Illinois minimum wage hikes. With Gov. Pat Quinn fiercely supporting an increase from $8.25 to $10 an hour, and candidate Bruce Rauner wanting to raise the minimum wage only if three business-related policies are passed, it should be noted that increasing …



National News


Developer tees up two more Clybourn Corridor   projects

With   construction of the New City retail-apartment development still under way, the   developer of the complex is moving ahead with two more big commercial real estate   projects in the bustling Clybourn Corridor. Chicago Real Estate Daily reports.

Groupon climbs steep content mountain

As   it seeks to become a destination site, Groupon needs mountains more content. Crain’s John Pletz looks at how Groupon is widening   its reach, even promoting deals in which it doesn’t get a cut of the action.

Hey McDonald’s, this is no way to revive   a fast-food chain

Battered   by competitors and losing touch with customers, the Oak Brook-based burger chain   posted the worst in a string of disappointing earnings reports yesterday. Crain’s Joe Cahill analyzes the alarming numbers.

Unions keep pushing city on Daley deals

A   coalition of labor unions says it’s going to continue its drive to get the city   to litigate its way out of a series of bad financial transactions entered into   during the Richard M. Daley years, even though City Hall says the effort is misguided.   Crain’s Greg Hinz has the story.

Canadian Pacific chief still pushing   consolidation to fix Chicago

Having   scrapped one attempt at a merger, Canadian Pacific Railway CEO Hunter Harrison   renewed his plea for a final round of consolidation in an industry shrunk by three   decades of deal-making. Bloomberg has more.

How this exec hopes to strike it rich   in water again

One   of the great success stories in American business in the 1990s was U.S. Filter   Corp. Now one of the execs of the water-treatment empire is back, with his new   company acquiring five water companies since its start in 2011. Crain’s has more.

Boeing recycling cooking oil into jet   fuel

Aircraft   makers Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China have launched a joint pilot   project to test the viability of producing biofuel using the cheap and widely   available form of cooking waste, referred to in China as “gutter oil.”   Reuters reports.

City Council inspector general sues city

City   Council Inspector General Faisal Khan has filed a lawsuit against Mayor Rahm Emanuel,   the council and a handful of powerful committee chairman seeking to compel the   city to give him the money he believes is necessary to clean up a City Council   that has sent more than 30 of its members to prison since 1971. More from the Sun-Times.

Wondering why airlines are raising fares?

Well,   you’re not alone. Several U.S. airlines are raising base fares at a time when   jet fuel prices are at three-year lows. The combination has buoyed stock prices   but left passengers wondering why. Check out this video report from First Business News.   (Click on the image to launch video.)

Critical thinking: What exactly does   it mean as a job skill?

Mentions   of critical thinking in job postings have doubled since 2009. But bosses stumble   when pressed to describe exactly what skills make critical thinkers. That leaves   job seekers wondering what employers really want. The Wall Street Journal takes a look.


Inside the World of Pot for Kids

Without more research, the parents of millions of epileptic children are forced to go it alone. Many are betting on a pot-based oil that they say has a remarkable affect on curbing seizures. Go inside the quasi-legal, science-free world of medical marijuana for children


Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93

A former Washington Post reporter remembers a legendary newspaperman, who was the most celebrated editor of his time


Ferguson Commission Formed

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced on Tuesday the formation of a commission to address inequality in Ferguson, Mo., the site of ongoing protests


Ebola Fears Could Curb Flu

Since Ebola’s first symptoms resemble that of the flu, fears about Ebola could drive patients to doctors and emergency rooms with flu symptoms. Each year, the CDC estimates that between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu, though most don’t see their doctor


Renée Zellweger: ‘I’m Glad Folks Think I Look Different’

The award-winning actress has addressed what critics say are different facial features after her appearance at an event in Beverly Hills on Monday, telling People, “I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows”


Giants Beat Royals in World Series Opener

The San Francisco Giants thrashed the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the 2014 World Series played at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, stealing a 7-1 win and disappointing Royals fans who have waited 29 years to see their team in the championship


North Korean Detainee Jeffrey Fowle Returns to Ohio

The American released from North Korean custody on Tuesday, about a half-year after he was detained after he left a Bible at a nightclub, returned to his family in Ohio on Wednesday. Two Americans who have been convicted of crimes in North Korea are still held


Shaheen Admits to Headwinds in New Hampshire Debate

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen frankly discussed what could bring her down in two weeks on Election Day. Shaheen spoke of Republican candidates capitalizing on an environment that’s unfavorable to Democrats


Kenny G Irks Beijing With Visit to Hong Kong Protest Site

The famous saxophonist is striking all the wrong notes in the city, China said Wednesday. Officials reiterated their calls for foreigners to keep out of China’s affairs after Kenny G tweeted that he was at the main protest site of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement


Christie Offers Dems a Killer Soundbite on Minimum Wage

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seemed to invite the controversy Tuesday by saying, “I’m tired of hearing about the minimum wage, I really am.” Democrats instantly seized on the quote fragment but, in proper context, it fits within the Republican Party’s longstanding position


Michael Sam Waived From Cowboys’ Practice Squad

The Dallas Cowboys announced Tuesday that defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, was waived from their practice squad. Sam was signed to the team’s practice squad Sept. 3 but never made it to the Cowboys’ active roster


New Theory on King Tut’s Death

The Egyptian king, who died at 19, was afflicted with severe genetic disorders, most likely because of inbreeding, according to research as part of an upcoming documentary. He was likely born of a brother-sister union and had a clubfoot


The Blue Bulldog

Patrick Lynch, who leads the biggest police union in the nation, thinks all the people complaining about police brutality should be afraid. Very afraid



Kurds Accuse Turkey of Supporting ISIS

Tensions high as Kurds accuse Erdogan’s government of wilful obstruction in the defence of Kobane and even supporting ISIS


Ebola by the Numbers

An examination of health, economic and education data help explain why the disease escalated so severely in three nations; they also show why Ebola won’t rage in richer countries and what is required to not only halt this outbreak but prevent it from happening at this scale again.



How Bradlee’s Call to Graham Changed Newsweek’s History

When Bradlee called Graham, things got ‘more fun.’ By Howard Kurtz


Former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at Age 93

As executive editor from 1968 until 1991, Bradlee became one of the most important figures in Washington and oversaw the paper’s Watergate coverage



Ketamine Restores Ability to Experience Pleasure in Depressed Patients Within Minutes

It’s no silver-bullet, but it’s promising.


Turkey-Bound Teenagers Sent Home to Denver

Three teenage girls from Denver who had been missing since last week and were reported to be traveling to Turkey were picked up in Germany and sent back home, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.



Mentally Ill Briton Faces Terrorism Charges in U.S.

A mentally ill Briton pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to U.S. terrorism charges that he conspired with notorious London imam Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up a jihadist training camp in Oregon in 1999.


Photos from Syria Allegedly Show Torture, Systematic Killing

Images allegedly taken by a former military police photographer under Assad’s regime, now on display at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., could be used as evidence of crimes against humanity


The ‘Russian Submarine’ in Swedish Waters Isn’t the Only Unwelcome Visitor in the Baltic Sea

Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are all reporting massively increased military trespassing by the Russian military



Could Second-Hand Pot Smoke Make You Fail a Marijuana Test?

Science has the answer.


Word of the Day  Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pavonine  \PAV-uh-nahyn, -nin\


1. of or like a peacock.

2. resembling the feathers of a peacock, as in coloring.