Category Archives: Chicago Politics

France warns tourists to avoid south, west sides of Chicago

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

 

 

 

 

 

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs web site warns potential Chicago visitors against visiting the South and West sides of Chicago with this caveat: “éviter le West Side et le sud de la ville après la 59ème rue.” Roughly translated this means, “Stay away from the West side and any where south of 59th Street” . . .

Click here to read about the French Ministry’s tourist warning to steer clear of South, West sides of Chicago.

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Jesse Jackson Jr.: After prison, is there hope for ‘resurrection?’

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife Sandi Jackson during happier times. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Victor Powell)

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife Sandi Jackson during happier times. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Victor Powell)

Opinion

“I still believe in the power of forgiveness; I believe in the power of redemption. Today I manned up and tried to accept responsibility for the error of my ways. And I still believe in resurrection.” – Jesse Jackson Jr. (To a reporter after sentencing)

Former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., 48, and wife Sandi Jackson, 49, were sentenced to prison Wednesday. Jackson Jr. received 30 months for misuse of nearly $750,000 in campaign funds and will begin his prison term by November 1. Wife Sandi received 12 months for filing false tax returns in which she failed to report $580,000 in income from 2006 to 2011. She will have 30 days to surrender after her husband is released . . .

Click here to read about Jesse jackson Jr.’s fall from grace and his hope for “resurrection.”

Chicago Teachers Union says school closings are ‘racist,’ thousands protect district’s decision

CTU President Karen Lewis and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, at annual CTU LEAD dinner, Oct. 2012. (Wikimedia Commons/Pat Barcas)

CTU President Karen Lewis and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, at annual CTU LEAD dinner, Oct. 2012. (Wikimedia Commons, Photo credit: Pat Barcas)

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Chicago Teachers Union, with president Karen Lewis at the helm, led protests against the closing of 53 elementary schools and one high school. Union’s leaders, teachers, parents, religious leaders and concerned community members gathered at Daley Plaza, then marched on LaSalle Street, culminating in a sit-in on the southbound lanes of the street, in front of City Hall . . .

Click here to read about Chicago school closings protest.

How I met Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, 2013. (Wikimedia Commons, public domain photo)


Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, 2013. (Wikimedia Commons, public domain photo)

 

 

First impressions can be misleading, or they can be lasting. In mid-2004, I had a random opportunity to meet Michelle Obama who was then the wife of former US Senate candidate, Barack Obama. It was my first and only in-person contact with her . . .

Click here to read about how the writer met the then future FLOTUS.

Three teachers, union, file racial discrimination suit against Chicago schools

 The Chicago Teachers Union and three teachers have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools. Image: Associated Press.

The Chicago Teachers Union and three teachers have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools. Image: Associated Press.

Three Chicago public school teachers who lost their jobs this year have filed a lawsuit stating the district’s “turnaround” school process is discriminatory, because it targets African American teachers from west and south side schools. The Chicago Teachers Union has filed a federal lawsuit, asking for class-action status, and the three teachers, Donald L. Garrett Jr., Robert Green and Vivonell Brown Jr., have joined the case . . .

Click here to read more about the teachers’ class-action suit against the Chicago Public Schools.

Sandi Jackson, wife of Jesse Jr., vows not to resign unless ‘catastrophic’ event occurs

Sandi Jackson campaigning in 2009. Image: Windy City Share. Windy City Share)

Sandi Jackson campaigning in 2009. Image: Windy City Share.

 

CHICAGO – Alderman Sandi Jackson (7th Ward), wife of former congressman Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), has vowed not to resign unless something ‘catastrophic’ happens. She also says she’s not a candidate to fill her husband’s congressional seat and is undecided about if and when she’ll take up permanent residence in Chicago . . .

Read abut Alderman Sandi Jackson’s political plans here.

Convicted former Rep. Mel Reynolds wants Jesse Jackson Jr.’s congressional seat

Convicted former Rep Mel Reynolds, wants to reclaim his seat in Chicago's 2nd Congressional District, in Illinois. Photo: AP.

Convicted former Rep Mel Reynolds, wants to reclaim his seat in Chicago’s 2nd Congressional District. AP photo.

Mel Reynolds, former representative from Chicago’s 2nd District, wants to reclaim his seat in Congress — the one Jesse Jackson Jr. vacated when he resigned. Reynolds held this seat from 1993 to 1995 but was convicted of multiple sex-related charges, and Jackson Jr. replaced Reynolds after winning a special election in late 1995 . . .

For more on this Chicago political story, click here.

Jesse Jackson Jr.: Pedigree and bio offer insight into present troubles

Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill), 2nd Congressional District, resigned from Congress on Wednesday citing deteriorating health issues as the reason. The saga has played out in slow motion since June, and the resignation is part of the still unfolding drama. Much has been written about the congressman’s fall from political grace, and the public is aware of the Department of Justice investigation over alleged misuse of campaign funds. Meanwhile, the denouement of Jackson’s story, a plea deal is pending . . .

To read more about Jackson Jr.’s fall from political grace, click here.

Chicago Teachers Union president tells rich donors, give money ‘but walk away’

Chicago Teachers Union president, Karen Lewis, tells rich donors to give money, ‘but walk away.’ Photo: AP, Charles Rex Arbogast.

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, who recently mobilized teachers during a seven-day strike, has a message for the rich who support Chicago public school reform: “give your money but walk away . . . ”

To read more of Lewis’s fiery comments, click here.

Jesse Jackson Jr. negotiating plea deal with U.S. Department of Justice

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is negotiating a plea deal with the U.S. Department of Justice. He was re-elected on Nov. 6, 2012. Photo Credit: Commons.wikimedia.org, U.S. Congress.

Jesse Jackson Jr., 2nd District Congressman from Illinois, is negotiating a plea deal with the U.S. Department of Justice. He won re-election on Nov. 6 despite being re-hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder and without campaigning.

Jackson’s health and legal issues have played themselves out before the public eye since June 8 when he took medical leave from Congress.

The plea would end Jackson’s 17-year career as a congressman representing Chicago’s south side and suburbs . . .

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