Quinn, Durbin make final election stop in QC – Cinda Klickna, president of the Illinois Education Association, told the crowd that Rauner wants to cut millions from schools, which would lead to layoffs …
Illinois governor candidates Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner tour statewide (Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 11/04/2014)
The Illinois gubernatorial candidates are making the last push for votes ahead of Election Day with Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) traveling the state. Quinn and Rauner kicked off Monday in Chicago.
Rauner, Quinn make final pleas (Decatur Herald and Review © 11/04/2014)
In an election that has focused largely on Gov. Pat Quinn’s stewardship of the Illinois economy, a new report offered the embattled incumbent some positive news Monday. The University of Illinois’ monthly “Flash Index” found the state’s economy is continuing a slow but steady recovery.
Illinois GOP tries to pick up more House seats (WAND (NBC) 17 Decatur © 11/04/2014)
As many as four congressional districts across Illinois are at stake Tuesday as Republicans fight to take back a number of competitive seats they lost to Democrats two years ago and solidify the party’s hold on the House. Among Democratic incumbents targeted by Republicans are freshmen Rep. Brad Schneider, north of Chicago,
Edgar joins Rauner on Bloomington campaign stop (WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 11/04/2014)
Former Illinois Republican Governor Jim Edgar joined Republican candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner at a campaign event near the Central Illinois Regional Airport Monday morning. Edgar said he doesn’t campaign very often. “A few years ago Illinois was one of the greatest states in the Union,…
Voters to decide race for Illinois governor (WREX (NBC) 13 Rockford © 11/04/2014)
Polls are opening in Illinois with voters deciding whether to give Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn four more years in office or hand control of the state to Republican businessman Bruce Rauner. Voting sites opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday. They’ll be open until 7 p.m. …
Illinois ballot includes constitutional changes (Quad City Times © 11/04/2014)
Illinois voters on Tuesday considered revising the state Constitution to bolster the rights of voters and crime victims and weighed whether to increase the minimum wage and hit millionaires with a tax surcharge to pay for schools. Also on the ballot was a measure asking whether insurance plans should cover birth control. The voters’ rights amendment was a Democratic response to …
Bruce Rauner, Republicans aim to make inroads in Illinois (Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 11/04/2014)
Republicans are aiming to make serious inroads in Democratic-leaning Illinois on Tuesday, pinning their hopes on a bank-busting campaign for governor that features a multimillionaire first-time office-seeker, frustrations with the state’s stubborn financial crises and the typical falloff in voter turnout for a midterm election
Stand up and be counted (Belleville News-Democrat © 11/04/2014)
So, what time will you go to vote today? We suggest you start the day with a time in mind so you won’t be that person who says at 7:05 p.m., “I was too busy to vote.” This is a critical election that demands your time. Not only is this an election to pick a governor in Illinois, it’s a referendum on the direction this state will take. Do you want the “temporary” income tax to become permanent?
It’s time to vote: Close races in Illinois bear watching (Belleville News-Democrat © 11/04/2014)
Will you be following the election results Tuesday night? Here are five things to watch for as the votes are counted: 1. ENYART/BOST/BRADSHAW: There’s a reason the candidates and outside groups are spending more than $10 million on this race in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District: It’s a toss-up. Can incumbent Rep. Bill Enyart, a Belleville Democrat, hold off state Rep. Mike Bost, a Murphysboro…
Editorial: Votes count, but only if you go to the polls (Bloomington Pantagraph © 11/04/2014)
Here’s the hard, simple truth. Elections are determined by the people who show up and vote. And if history is any indication, about half of you will make a decision today that will affect every one of us. It’s disheartening to think about that when you consider how many people have sacrificed, some with their lives, to protect our right to vote.
Illinois has a lot of fixing to do (Champaign News Gazette © 11/04/2014)
As I write this, the election has not yet been held. I have been traveling the state, invited by audiences large and small (mostly small) to discuss my co-authored book on “Fixing Illinois.” At each stop, I ask those in attendance if Illinois can indeed be fixed?
Today, its all about the turnout (Champaign News Gazette © 11/04/2014)
Forget the polls and the prognostications. The winner of today’s $95 million-plus gubernatorial race between Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner will be determined by organization and turnout. With rain in the forecast following a long, expensive, negative and evenly matched campaign, there’s been concern about a depressed voter turnout.
Past sacrifices aren’t the only reason to vote (Chicago Sun Times © 11/04/2014)
I still vote the old-fashioned way. I could have voted early, but I like the challenge of getting to the polls on Election Day. When I was raising a family, a child’s unexpected temperature could keep me from getting out the house or I miscalculated how late I had to work and the polls closed. But the biggest obstacle to voting is always our own apathy.
How high are the stakes? Follow the money – all $100 million (Chicago Sun Times © 11/04/2014)
They could have bought 29 Walgreens-leased drug store properties across the country. Or just given each of the state’s 12.8 million residents $7.76. Instead, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner spent their combined $100 million trying to get elected. Nothing shows just how high the stakes are in Tuesday’s governor’s race like those dollar signs.
Miller: One election certainty: You lost (Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 11/04/2014)
Some of you will read this column before the election, and some of you will read it after. I suppose I could’ve written two columns, but I’ve been kinda busy, so let’s talk about one of the weirdest things that happened this campaign season. Earlier this year, ultraconservative activist Jack Roeser told me his friend Bruce Rauner believed life began at conception
Our View: Cast your ballot, make a difference (DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 11/04/2014)
Illinois has seen its share of tight elections in recent years. And in such elections, votes become especially precious. Look at the 2010 race for governor. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn defeated GOP challenger Bill Brady by 31,834 votes. Sounds like a lot, except when you consider that the votes cast in the race totaled more than 3.7 million.
Commentary: Take the time to develop political opinions different from your parents’ (Springfield State Journal Register © 11/04/2014)
Given how close a lot of parents keep their teens, it’s no surprise that a lot of children take up after their parents, both in habits and political opinions. According to a Gallup poll, 71 percent of teens between 13 and 17 feel about the same as their parents when it comes to how politically liberal or conservative they are.
Commentary: For first-time voters, Election Day is important one (Springfield State Journal Register © 11/04/2014)
Everywhere we turn, we’re bombarded with bumper stickers and TV ads. With the smell of freedom wafting through the air, this can only mean one thing: Election Day. For some voters, this will be the first time to cast ballots in an election. These citizens are the high school students who have turned 18 in time to vote Tuesday.
Teens learn how to vote through mock election (Springfield State Journal Register © 11/04/2014)
Just because most teens in high school aren’t old enough to vote legally doesn’t mean that they won’t get the chance to cast a ballot. Since 1976, the Illinois State Board of Elections has run its mock elections program during every major election cycle. With voters all over the state — and the country — headed to the polls Tuesday, the board hopes to use Election Day as a learning and educational …
Our Opinion: Do your homework, vote your conscience today (Springfield State Journal Register © 11/04/2014)
Illinois voters have done a lot of uneasy joking about holding their noses when they enter the polls today to cast their votes for governor, Congress and a variety of down-ticket races. It is further evidence of the persistent cynicism that settled over voters during the past several election cycles as politics have become more negative and polarizing.
What you’re voting for and why it matters (Urbana Daily Illini © 11/04/2014)
Pat Quinn or Bruce Rauner will play a significant role in shaping the future of the University, depending on who is elected today. We believe it’s important for all voters to be aware of the influence the governor can have on the future of higher education in the state of Illinois. In voting for the next governor, they are choosing a leader who will make decisions that will have a significant …
Why a Republican-controlled Congress likely won’t be any less dysfunctional (Chicago Tribune © 11/03/2014)
We’ve known since it entered power that the House Republican majority or at least a substantial portion of it is utterly averse to compromise. And as evidenced by a 2013 survey from the liberal-leaning Democracy Corps we’ve also known that this majority is most responsive to a rigid base of older conservative whites, who fear demographic change and everything it represents.
(Forbes – Nov. 4, 2014)
Ted Dabrowski – Illinois Policy Institute
San Jose increased city-worker pension contributions and cut their pay to make ends meet. Atlanta required workers to contribute more to their pensions as well, but also cut cost-of-living adjustments. Others, such as Lexington managed to bargain their …
(Mundelein Review – Nov 3, 2014)
Nick Ciko, co-president of the Mundelein School District 75 teachers union, shakes hands with parents and fellow teachers who attended the …
Half of all public school students in Illinois now considered low-income (WBEZ 91.5 (Chicago) © 11/03/2014)
Illinois has hit a milestone it was not trying for. Numbers released by the Illinois State Board of Education in its annual school report card show that—for the first time ever—low-income children now outnumber middle-class students in the state’s public schools. It’s a trend that could affect everything from the state’s economic competitiveness to college-going rate…
Let teachers teach (Belleville News-Democrat © 11/04/2014)
As a daughter of a teacher in the Belleville area, I am aware of the new evaluations and expectations for teachers in Illinois. I also see the unnecessary stress that these evaluations are putting on our teachers. It is an understatement to say that teachers in Illinois are treated unfairly.
What We Learned from District 86: Teachers (Darien Patch.com © 11/04/2014)
It’s about time to move on from the saga that was the Hinsdale Township High School District 86 and Hinsdale High School Teachers Association’s (HHSTA) recently concluded contract negotiations. This contentious soap opera came about after a new school board majority came to power and tried to change just about everything: salary schedule, equitable teaching assignments, merit pay, retire…
Referendum Guide: School District 86 (Addison Press © 11/03/2014)
In the upcoming Nov. 4 general elections, voters in Hinsdale Township High School District 86 will see an advisory referendum question on their ballots. The question will address whether or not the school district should continue to offer eligible teachers the opportunity to earn 6 percent salary increases in each of the four school years prior to retirement?
Test scores vary among D214 high schools (Trib-local Arlington Heights © 11/04/2014)
Township High School District 214 may boast of being an innovative, high-achieving school system, but at Wheeling High School, half of its students are not ready for college, state data shows. We focus a lot on the growth, and we feel like we’re getting there, said Jeffrey Smith, the Arlington Heights-based school district’s director of research and evaluation.
School Board to Make Decision in Bullying Case (Harrisburg WSIL (ABC) 3 © 11/04/2014)
Administrators spent hours Monday night debating whether to expel three kids from Anna-Jonesboro High School. The three football players got suspensions of a week and a half and kicked off the team for a locker room bullying incident that took place weeks ago. Three other kids also got suspensions and have since returned to school.
Anna-Jonesboro High School Investigating Bullying Incident (Harrisburg WSIL (ABC) 3 © 11/04/2014)
ANNA — The Anna-Jonesboro High School board is offering few details about a reported hazing incident involving members of the school’s football team. Parents at the meeting interrupted board members after they read a short statement about the incident. The board says it’s investigating allegations of hazing but wouldn’t comment further.
School board to decide punishment in bullying incident (Southern Illinoisan © 11/03/2014)
The fate of four Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football players will hang in the balance tonight as school board officials meet to decide proper punishment for their role in a Sept. 19 bullying incident. Three students may face expulsion, and a fourth is contesting a suspension handed down two weeks ago, said Rob Wright, district superintendent.
Final reactions before the Quincy School District referendum vote (KHQA (CBS) 7 Quincy © 11/04/2014)
Jim Whitfield is a member of a steering committee that drafted the proposal for the future of Quincy Public School buildings. Come election night, he hopes all of the committee’s time and hard work will pay off. “It’s about education. It’s about getting people to understand $89 million for five new schools, an addition at the high school, reorganizing the grades, the complete package,” Whitfield…
Fewer students means less money for Tremont School District (Peoria Journal Star © 11/04/2014)
Student test scores in District 702 are once again among the highest in the Tri-County Area. And the districts instructional spending per student is once again below the state average. According to the Illinois School Report Card released last week, only Dunlap District 323 and Morton District 709 topped Tremonts percentages of students who met or exceeded standards on 2014 ISAT and PSA…
Naperville schools celebrate math, reading scores (Trib-local Naperville © 11/04/2014)
Naperville Unit District 203 saw an overall jump in both math and reading scores on state tests this year despite increased rigor. There are some celebrations for which we’re very pleased, Superintendent Dan Bridges told the school board Monday, highlighting the gains in math. Districtwide, 83.9 percent of students met or exceeded standards in math compared to 80.7 percent last year,
School district: $81K spent because old phone service not canceled (Trib-local Orland Park © 11/04/2014)
A south suburban school board president last month pointed to the results of a phone service audit and claimed the district had found a way to save thousands of dollars per year. Board President Joe La Margo touted Orland School District 135 as fiscally responsible and creative in keeping costs low to taxpayers. We’re looking at everything, he said.
‘You’re voting for the betterment of Quincy': Former superintendents offer support for $89 million bond issue (Quincy Herald-Whig © 11/03/2014)
Three former Quincy Public Schools superintendents asked residents to invest in the community’s students and educational facilities Sunday, two days before voters decide an $89 million bond issue for new schools. Joe Bocke, Myrl Shireman and George Meyer, along with retired educator Dick Thompson, Mayor Kyle Moore and two QPS students, spoke in support of the bond issue at a small gathering in …
Chicago’s schools have paid $31 million to 3 clout consultants since 2012 (Chicago Sun Times © 11/04/2014)
After five years as a top Chicago Public Schools executive, Sean Murphy now runs his own company. But he’s still doing work for the school system, overseeing design for small remodeling projects at schools across the city as a subcontractor to URS Corporation under its contract with the Chicago Board of Education. The pay: $338,000 a year. That’s $88,000 more than the cash-strapped boar…
Will Quinn/Rauner Victory Make A Big CPS Difference?
Today’s Election Day, and the Quinn/Rauner race is on everybody’s mind. (Zorn predicts a Rauner win, which would make charter supporters happy since Quinn voiced support for a moratorium. Who do you think’s going to win, and what difference if any will it make to Chicago schools?) Also: a handful of stories about the Mayor’s proposed pre-K expansion plan, which seems to have generated a bunch of questions, and the Sun Times continues to hammer City Hall for clout handouts. Last but not least, Substance reports African-American teachers are down from 40 percent to 28 percent, & Catalyst reports that CPS didn’t really want to post its 2014 ISAT scores but finally did. All this plus national and other cities’ education news below.
Election Day to dawn for voters to decide Illinois governor’s race and more Tribune: Illinois voters head to the polls Tuesday to settle a close, contentious race for governor and decide an unusually large number of ballot questions as well as races for U.S. Senate, Congress, the General Assembly and county board.
Why Rauner will defeat Quinn Tribune/Zorn: A decisive number of voters are ready for a change at the top in Springfield, even if they’re not at all sure what that change would entail. They want to give someone else a chance to try to ride herd over the Democratic legislature, even though they’re unclear on exactly who that someone else is.
PRE-K EXPANSION QUESTIONS
Emanuel preschool plan could double cost, boost investor profits Tribune: A proposed expansion of a CPS preschool program drew praise from aldermen Monday for its aims but also was criticized because the city could end up paying investors in the program roughly double its $17 million cost.
Paying for preschool with social impact bonds Catalyst: Board of Education member Henry Bienen took an unusual step at last month’s meeting: He voted against a plan that came down from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office. Bienen, a former president Northwestern University, said he was “very uneasy” with a proposal to borrow nearly $17 million from investors…
Emanuel’s early childhood plan compared to parking meter deal Chicago Sun-Times: Kurt Hilgendorf, a policy researcher for the CTU, noted that the annual contribution of $4.25 million from the city and Chicago Public Schools amounts …
CLOUT AND CPS
Clout consultants cash in on CPS rehabs Chicago Sun-Times: After five years as a top Chicago Public Schools executive, Sean Murphy now runs his own company. But he’s still doing work for the school system, overseeing design for small remodeling projects at schools across the city as a subcontractor
Insiders game has no ending Chicago Sun-Times: Now this week comes another Chicago Sun-Times story, by investigative reporter Tim Novak, that three politically connected firms are getting a nice slice off the top of Chicago Public Schools spending on small renovation projects.
SCORES, TEACHERS, & SLAIN KIDS
ISAT scores stagnant Catalyst: CPS did not have a major announcement about this year’s state test scores–and it turns out the scores remain exactly the same as last year’s, with 52.5 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards. With the state officially releasing report cards on Friday, CPS finally posted ISAT information on district and individual school performance on its website. Historically, CPS would release the scores some time over the summer.
The African-American teaching force in CPS declined from 40 percent in 2000 to 28 percent Substance News: The “turnarounds were begun in 2003 under former Chicago Public Schools “Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan and have continued under all of …
What’s the key to better school food? WBEZ: One little known program out of Minnesota starts by simply removing seven unwanted ingredients. “We have no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial preservatives, no trans fats or hydrogenated oils, no antibiotics or hormones in meats and no bleached flour,” Jason Thunstrom said as he stood in the Jeans Elementary School lunchroom in West Suburban Willowbrook.
In Roseland, a memorial honors slain youths Reader: In 2007, 16-year-old Julian High School student Blair Holt was shot and killed on a CTA bus; a gang member fired a shot at another gang member at the back of the bus and Holt, the son of a police officer and a firefighter, was caught in the crossfire. Holt’s death shook the community—it was reported that thousands of people attended the teen’s funeral—but local activist (and grandmother) Diane Latiker wasn’t convinced that everyone had gotten the message about the tragic effect of Chicago’s out-of-control violence.…
Alcott Girls Cross Country Wins City Title DNAinfo: In its second year of existence, the fifth- and sixth-grade cross country team won the Chicago Public Schools City Championship in the elementary
California’s biggest race will surprise you: It’s for state school superintendent WashPost: Perhaps the most important — and definitely the most expensive — election in California on Tuesday is the down-ballot battle for state school superintendent. The $30 million race has generated three times as much spending as the contest for governor, with money pouring in from across the country.
AFT’s Political Blitz to the Midterm-Election Finish Line PK12: The blitz began last week, with several ads paid for by AFT’s Solidarity Fund, one of its political financing arms. It will continue through Tuesday, when Weingarten is slated to be on hand in Philadelphia, where Democratic gubernatorial challenger Tom Wolfe is expected to trounce Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett.
Marysville students return amid grief, outpouring of support Seattle Times: Hundreds of parents, relatives, alumni and other community members turned out to support students at Marysville-Pilchuck High on the first day of school since the shooting 10 days ago. Also offering support were visitors representing other U.S. communities that have endured school shootings.
De Blasio Unveils New Plans for Troubled Schools in New York NYT: Mayor Bill de Blasio said his tactics of offering more help to failing schools, and providing social services to students and families there, differed sharply from his predecessor’s. See also WNYC, WNYC, ChalkbeatNY.
D.C. school boundaries plan gets more specific just before new mayor is elected WashPost: The District offers free full-day preschool to 3- and 4-year-olds through a lottery each year. Families enroll where space is available, sometimes driving miles from their homes to take advantage of the benefit.
Returns on College Endowments Average 15.8 Percent NYT: A study found that colleges were allocating more than half their investments — and almost two-thirds of the largest endowments — to alternative strategies such as hedge funds and private equity.
|Lucas Museum rolls out a design that R2-D2 would panCrain’s Greg Hinz says the proposed rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art released yesterday works about as well as the flying saucer that landed in what used to be Soldier Field. — Meanwhile, here’s the take of one Crain’s critic: No weird architecture, please.|
|Unions vs. business campaign cash in governor’s raceWho’s funded the governor’s race that’s brought us to Election Day? Check out Crain’s graphic to see the top contributors for both Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and GOP challenger Bruce Rauner. — Want to find out where to vote today? Enter your address in this handy tool from the Voting Information Project and locate your polling place, find out what’s on your ballot and more.|
|What $100 million could have bought Illinois votersFor the combined $100 million Gov. Quinn and Mr. Rauner have spent trying to win, they could have bought voters 29 Walgreen buildings, or just given each Illinois resident $7.76. The Sun-Times looks at the money spent in this vicious race.|
|Who’s trying to disrupt Chicago elections?A barrage of automated phone calls offering false instructions to scores of election judges was “a serious attempt to disrupt” Chicago voting operations in the run-up to today’s vote, elections officials said. The Sun-Times has more.|
|How four classic Chicago companies aim to win mobile commerce Crain’s details how Douglas Rosin Decorative Arts & Antiques, Vienna Beef, Hyatt and Pampered Chef recently reconceptualized the mobile commerce side of their biz.|
|What’s next for Peak6’s husband and wife foundersThe founders of Chicago-based Peak6 Investments sold two of their three trading businesses this year, shedding hedge funds and a retail-trading unit for more than $200 million. Crain’s looks at what their next move might be.|
|CME sees chance to buy GFI parts even if takeover failsCME Group will likely have a chance to acquire the pieces it wants of GFI Group even if its bid to buy the derivatives broker falls short, CME Executive Chairman Terry Duffy tells Reuters.|
|Chicago’s IndCor may have new owner Blackstone Group is close to a deal to sell Chicago-based IndCor Properties to investors led by Singapore’s GIC for more than $8 billion. More from Bloomberg.|
|Critics question who’s making money off Emanuel early ed plan Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to use a pay-for-performance financing method known as “Social Impact Bonds” to expand early childhood education earned comparisons to the widely despised parking meter deal, writes the Sun-Times. Find Catalyst’s breakdown here.|
|Orders up in manufacturing Production in the U.S. has surged to the highest level in 10 years. First Business News has this video report. (Click on image to launch video.)|
A midterm election campaign historic for both its massive cost and for the minutiae on which individual races often focused wound to a close Tuesday with Republicans giddy that they could win the Senate for the first time in almost a decade
The company’s first quarterly earnings after going public revealed profit and revenue beat analysts’ expectations as shopping traffic in China picked up
Fast-food chain reported higher sales at home and in most markets abroad, outpacing rival McDonalds with a 1.4% increase in quarterly revenue
Tinder’s CEO Sean Rad is out of the top role at the dating app that he helped to found over two years ago. Rad will remain on Tinder’s board and will act as president once the new CEO comes on board
Queen Bey announced Tuesday that her Platinum Edition Box Set will hit on Nov. 24, complete with last year’s albums along with two new songs and four new remixes with famous collaborators
Lightweight debris from last week’s in-flight breakup of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane has been found as far away as 30 to 35 miles from the main crash site, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said
The nurse who publicly fought two states over a controversial quarantine policy for health workers returning to the U.S. from Ebola-affected countries said Monday that she felt compelled to act after seeing a lack of leadership on the issue
The sex scenes in the 50 Shades of Grey book series weren’t painted in muted tones. But Jamie Dornan, the actor playing businessman Christian Grey in the movie adaptation, said it will steer clear of “gratuitous” sex scenes
About half of the millions of General Motors vehicles recalled over a faulty and sometimes deadly ignition switch have been fixed, nine months after the first recall, according to a new report. The ignition switch problem has been linked to at least 30 deaths
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2015 has awarded 97.5 out of 100 to a whisky from Japan’s oldest distillery — the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask 2013. For the first time in the 12 years that the Whisky Bible has been published, no Scottish whisky made the top five
J.C. Penney said it would open its stores for Black Friday shopping at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, an hour earlier than its closest competitors Macy’s, Kohl’s and Sears , and three hours earlier than it did last year
The singer pulled most of her catalog from Spotify, prompting the streaming-music service to respond like only an awkward high-school boyfriend would: with a 15-track mixtape titled “Come back, Taylor!” Swift has been a strong critic of Spotify’s business model
Word of the Day Tuesday, November 04, 2014
\ KIK-shaw \ , noun;
- a tidbit or delicacy, especially one served as an appetizer or hors d’oeuvre.
- something showy but without value; trinket; trifle.