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Chicago diverts taxes to investors, plans privatization of services

By Alexander Fangmann, December 19, 2012

Two recent reports reveal the extent of redistribution of city tax revenues to corporate interests while cuts to services deepen.

Protests erupt after Chicago police kill unarmed man

By Kristina Betinis, December 17, 2012

After Chicago police shot and killed Jamaal Moore, protests erupted in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

ISO leader endorses Chicago school closings

By Alexander Fangmann, December 6, 2012

Anyone who may still harbor illusions that the International Socialist Organization has anything to do with socialism should take a look at the video of ISO leader Jesse Sharkey’s appearance on Chicago Tonight.

ISO paves way for Chicago school closures

By Kristina Betinis, Jerry White, November 27, 2012

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Schools district (CPS) are moving ahead with plans to close as many as 120 public schools, and open up 60 new charter schools over the next few years. About 140 schools have been identified by the district as half-empty, and are expected to be the first targeted for closure. The closings would eliminate the jobs of thousands of teachers and school support staff.

Chicago Transit Authority proposes large fare hike

By Jeff Lusanne, November 24, 2012

CTA has announced steep fare hikes for riders who use passes, while the need for service improvements and major infrastructure upgrades continues to go unmet.

Concessions imposed on Chicago-area teachers

By Shane Feratu, James Brewer, November 14, 2012

Following the sellout of the Chicago teachers' strike last September, suburban teachers have been hit with concessions contracts.

Thousands line up at Chicago job fair for less than 60 positions

By Kristina Betinis, November 12, 2012

The city of Chicago’s first job fair was quickly revealed to be a media stunt, with more than 3,000 workers lining up to apply online for 55 positions.

Chicago mayor threatens to cut pensions of teachers and city workers

By Alexander Fangmann, October 15, 2012

In a speech to the city council, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to lead an assault on teacher and public worker pensions by spearheading statewide pension “reform.”

Chicago teachers docked pay, CTU still collects dues

By Kristina Betinis, October 9, 2012

Since the Chicago Teachers Union ended their 10-day strike, teachers have been issued short paychecks or no pay at all, but the union has still deducted dues.

Phyllis Scherrer caps tour with meetings in Chicago and Milwaukee

By our reporters, October 8, 2012

Over the past week, SEP vice presidential candidate Phyllis Scherrer has spoken at meetings in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Ratification of Chicago teachers contract sets stage for assault on public education

By Joseph Kishore, October 5, 2012

The contract, backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Teachers Union, sets the stage for an expanded assault on teachers and public education.

Chicago: Evergreen Park teachers strike

By Shane Feratu, October 4, 2012

Classes were canceled Tuesday after negotiations between the union and Evergreen Park school board fell through on Monday night.