SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Get ready to rumble, Chicago

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012

* The Chicago Teachers Union has hired Delmarie Cobb to do PR work

(T)he CTU has hired veteran political consultant Delmarie Cobb, whose clients include Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown and City Council members Leslie Hairston (5th Ward) and Anthony Beale (9th).

Gadlin, the CTU spokeswoman, said union leaders hoped Cobb would help beef up the labor group’s public-relations efforts because they felt “outgunned” last year by Emanuel’s aggressive push for longer school hours.

* Cobb, you may recall, worked for former US Sen. Roland Burris. Her main job was to fend off attacks. She is a big believer in the best defense being a strong offense. But she can also be somewhat offensive at times. I did a roundup of some of her Burris quotes back in 2009

Now, Cobb says, Burris’ enemies are trying to bloody him up and weaken him with mounting legal bills.

“And then it won’t be called racism,” said Cobb. […]

Veteran political consultant Delmarie Cobb is a top adviser to Exhibit No. 1 of the old strain, Sen. Roland Burris. I visited her Bronzeville office last week during a pause in her winning battle to keep Burris in office.

“All of a sudden, we’re into this young thing, and anybody who’s been out here needs to be put out to pasture,” she vented. Cobb resents “that somebody would take this kind of knowledge and put it out to pasture.” […]

“They keep trotting out these marquee names to scare Roland,” said Delmarie Cobb, the senator’s media and political adviser, adding that some Democrats are out to “lynch” Burris and turn him into a “whipping boy.”

And then there was this gem

“In true David Axelrod style, all week, white progressive Democratic elected officials have called for Roland’s resignation - David Orr, Dan Hynes, Dick Durbin, Pat Quinn, and Alexi Giannoulias.”

The word “incendiary” springs to mind.

* But the CTU does have the mayor on the defensive at the moment

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday declined to say whether it’s appropriate for faith-based groups that have become vocal public supporters of his controversial education agenda to receive millions of dollars in contracts from his administration.

Some organizations that were awarded grants to run after-school programs and to ensure children make it to and from school safely have come under scrutiny following complaints they paid people to testify in favor of Emanuel’s plans to lengthen the school day and close underperforming schools.

On Monday, the mayor was asked whether the intersection of contracts and political support amounted to a form of patronage. Emanuel did not directly answer the question. Instead, the mayor said he did not intend to take his “eye off the ball,” which he defined as transforming a system that locks kids in to failing schools.

“We cannot tolerate a status quo that locks kids in to the shortest year of any major city…” Emanuel said at an unrelated news conference. “Religious groups have a role to play beyond their congregation. They’re anchors in many communities. They are the thing that holds a community together. Can they play a role in safety and security? Yes.”

* That above story about Cobb’s hiring also included this

An exclusive interview with Emanuel highlights the 35-minute video produced by the Michigan-based Education Action Group Foundation and Fox News political analyst Juan Williams. Williams narrates the video, saying the teachers union is “radically politicized” and is “repeatedly providing terrible examples for Chicago’s school children.”

A spokeswoman for Emanuel said Monday the mayor did not share those views of the union, but CTU officials were irked by Emanuel’s more-measured comments in an interview with Williams. The mayor discusses the opposition he faced from the CTU to some of his education proposals, such as extending the length of the school day this year.

“Do I think the union leadership has been a problem in resisting? Absolutely,” Emanuel tells Williams. Emanuel also says: “I think the system was never designed to benefit the kids.” And he lauds teachers at the Noble Street charter network’s schools as being “on a mission” and “not just doing a job.”

* And this won’t go over well

Chicago Public Schools’ plan to build an elementary school on polluted property in the shadow of the Chicago Skyway and an expiring coal-fired power plant near the Indiana border is raising the ire of parents in the working-class East Side neighborhood.

CPS already has paid more than $3 million for about 2 acres near 104th Street and South Indianapolis Avenue, a triangular parcel near a heavily congested traffic corridor, train tracks and towering industrial plants.

Preliminary testing at the site, which had been home to a gas station and more recently a carwash, uncovered eight underground gasoline storage tanks, one known to be leaking, and unsafe levels of the chemical benzene in the soil. But an official with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency cautioned that the true extent of the contamination won’t be known until more testing is completed. […]

CPS bought an acre from a relative of Ed Vrdolyak, aka “Fast Eddie,” the former Southeast Side political heavyweight and longtime alderman who had a reputation for wheeling and dealing. Vrdolyak was released from prison in November after serving 10 months for his role in a $1.5 million Gold Coast real estate scheme.

* This is silly, however

Parents charged Wednesday that the opposition to a 7-1/2 hour school day touted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel is strong and growing, with more than 900 parents signing a new online petition against it.

900? That’s it?

* Related…

* Skinner North principal to release longer school day survey results: According to survey tallies provided by the principal, the number of parents who prefer the extended day increased from 36 percent to 52 percent, but fewer people responded to questions in January. More than 87 percent of parents participated in the survey in October, while only about 60 percent of school families answered questions in January.

* Brizard: Raising Dropout Age To 18 Is A ‘Wonderful Idea’

* Minister in ‘rent-a-protester’ flap offers to open his books

* Schools CEO: We’re too obsessed with selective enrollment

* Warren: Emanuel’s Longer School Day Logic

- Posted by Rich Miller        


16 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 10:47 am:

    Forget about hiring Cobb. The biggest favor the CTU could do themselves would be firing Karen Lewis. That woman is quite possibly the least sympathetic public face possible for the union.


  2. - gg - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 11:09 am:

    My friend is a 42 year old CPS teacher with 8 years tenure. She took the job because it was available and the money was good. She is up at six and still working at 9pm. While in school she gets 20 minutes for lunch and bathroom.
    She is in one of the better schools pressure wise.
    She is quitting in June. She is already burnt out. Adding 90 minutes a day and taking away summer break is turning the school into a jail.


  3. - Fenestra - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 11:13 am:

    I sorta chuckled at the hindsight thought of Alexi Giannoulias calling for Roland Burris to resign….


  4. - Aaron - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 11:18 am:

    A Juan Williams documentary with credibility? Please. Anything to help get more seven figure contracts with his buddy Roger Ailes.

    http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2012/01/The-Story-of-Juan


  5. - cermak_rd - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 11:32 am:

    I hope these faith based groups are not proselytizing the pupils in their care after schools or during the safety walks. Ethics education is fine but keep sectarianism out of it.

    I also hope they are audited now and again. Many times faith based groups are held to a lower standard than secular groups are.


  6. - Shore - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 12:56 pm:

    Bill Parcells once said nothing good happens after midnight. I am not sure if you’re a democrat anything good happens by affiliating yourself with fox news. Maybe he’s trying to win over the 5 tea party members who live in chicago.

    If memory serves cobb was one of the few african americans in chicago who backed hillary over obama. She had a bit of a tiff with emil jones.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-XiC5YxLPk


  7. - WashingtonIrving - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 1:33 pm:

    Maybe if education wasn’t so politicized we could actually focus on education. The teacher’s union doesn’t care about the children. I understand that they represent the teacher’s as employees, that is fine. But let’s not pretend they have the children’s interest in mind.


  8. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 1:45 pm:

    “Yeah, Rev. Watkins,its me…yeah um, this things just gotten too hot….we’re gonna have to throw you under the bus…….and back up over you………..hopefully only once……………we know you’re a team player, and we need you to take one for the team, but you know the team will take care of you.”


  9. - proud parent - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 2:04 pm:

    With all due respect Rich, the debate over the longer school day is not silly for us parents. Many CPS kids (mine included) spend up to an hour each way commuting to school. Add in sports and other activites, and you’re really looking at a 10 - 12 hr day, not 7.5. I’m not saying parent opinion on this is unanimous, but my kids have attended six different schools and the folks I know at all of them hate the idea. The 900 names on that petition will continue to grow.

    Whether it’s the longer day or school closings and turnarouds, what’s got parents really peaved is CPS/the mayor’s top down vision of “reform”–ideas that make for good campaign sound bites, but terrible school policy.


  10. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 2:23 pm:

    proud parent,

    It is my understanding that CPS had the lowest number of classroom hours compared to most other districts in the country. Now, apparently, the number of classroom hours is about the same as those with the most hours. I have to wonder how those students in all those other districts manage where those in Chicago can’t. Just wonderin


  11. - Lester Holt's Mustache - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 2:38 pm:

    “I also hope they are audited now and again. Many times faith based groups are held to a lower standard than secular groups are.”

    They are? I would think they are held to higher standards, at least when it comes to being “audited”. Inform us if you have information to the contrary.


  12. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 2:38 pm:

    –Parents charged Wednesday that the opposition to a 7-1/2 hour school day touted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel is strong and growing, with more than 900 parents signing a new online petition against it.–

    In other news, one billion parents across the planet signed an online petition to keep their kids in school all day long with short breaks allowed to pick up their rooms and cut the grass.

    Are we honestly to believe that parents think a 7.5 hour school day is too long? That parents don’t want their kids in school.

    In my life, some of the most difficult and frustrating problems have revolved around what to do for the kids when they’re not in school and both parents are still at work.


  13. - amalia - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 3:18 pm:

    The DC lens is most often very specific….African American issues as SHE sees them. here’s hoping the lens can be adjusted.


  14. - Cheryl44 - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 3:45 pm:

    ~I am not sure if you’re a democrat anything good happens by affiliating yourself with fox news. ~

    Yeah, well Emanuel is showing his true DINO colors.


  15. - mark walker - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 4:10 pm:

    CPS representation: from bad to worse.


  16. - Quill - Tuesday, Jan 31, 12 @ 6:54 pm:

    I have a dream…that one day, the CTU will stop burning its social capital of allies into piles of ash. CTU needs to find people who can help them forge alliances (that would not be Delmarie Cobb). The direct action/confrontation “expose the system” stuff is not working because it is being mishandled internally. Not everyone can do social justice work well. It’s horrible to watch it fail.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the holidays
* Question of the day
* Feds sue after eight pregnant Chicago teachers discriminated against
* Caption contest!
* "La-La Land"
* Loose lips sink ships
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * If the iPhone 6 is too big for you, just wait: An 'iPhone mini' may be coming in 2015
        * Got an iPhone 6? Do these 10 things first
        * Double dipping: When pundits recycle their Apple diatribes
        * If you think Windows Phone has no apps, you should try a Mac
        * Video chatting with family: How to use FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts to keep in touch
        * The first 10 apps to install on your brand-new Mac
        * Our favorite free iOS games of 2014

        * Microsoft Patents Eye-Tracking Keyboard
        * Xiaomi Mi5 Rumored To Sport Sapphire Display
        * HTC To Produce More Entry-Level Handsets In 2015
        * Seki Edge Total Control Eyelash Curler
        * GULEEK i8 Is A Compact Desktop Machine
        * HP EliteBook 820 G2 Appears Online
        * Dell Venue 10 Arrives At The FCC

        * Hello, goodbye: 5 storylines that defined White Sox in 2014
        * A Foxmas Story: The feuds that opened the door for Nellie Fox
        * A visit from Sox Nicholas
        * White Sox share holiday favorites, memories
        * Where will the American League losses come from?
        * White Sox out of options 2015
        * Players rejuvenated by offseason maneuvers

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Topic matches for illinois attorney general..
        * Rep. Mitchell talks possible pedestrian bridge..
        * Clemency applicants wait for Gov. Quinn's action..
        * Scott Reeder: Time to ground Illinois' aircraft..


        * Chicago police: Officer shot person who attacked with knife
        * Clemency applicants wait for Gov. Quinn's action
        * Autopsy: 1-year-old's death ruled accident
        * Cupich, Jackson address inmates on Christmas
        * Western Illinois postmaster answers Santa letters
        * Illinois lawmaker band readies for inauguration
        * Enyart ponders next steps after losing election
        * Police: 2 shot after fight at Chicago train station
        * Quinn grants 179 Christmas Eve clemency petitions
        * Extra security for Illinois 'The Interview' movie

        * Clemency applicants wait for Gov. Quinn's action
        * Illinois lawmaker band readies for inauguration
        * Quinn grants 179 Christmas Eve clemency petitions
        * Ex-Quinn aide's contract has extra severance protections
        * Jobless rate falls in all 12 Illinois metro areas
        * Topinka’s death renews talk of merging comptroller, treasurer offices
        * Blagojevich brother: I was used as ‘pawn’ to get then-governor
        * Toby Keith to headline Rauner’s inaugural concert at PCCC
        * Raising juror pay gets mixed reviews
        * Gov. Quinn set to go to Maryland to visit soldiers

        * Quinn grants 179 Christmas Eve clemency petitions
        * Illinois road work takes break for holidays
        * Regulators to MF Global: Make customers whole over mishandled funds
        * State aid to prop up nukes? Exelon says no—in Ohio, that is
        * The year in photos: 2014


        * Lakeview pot dispensary on hold; Tunney opposes Halsted location
        * Despite community pleas, CPS puts Dyett HS out for proposals
        * Quinn to appoint new Illinois Comptroller today
        * Gov. Quinn appoints longtime aide as Illinois comptroller
        * Watch: President Obama's year-end press conference
        * Rewriting the Sony cyberattack script
        * time for new course in Cuba
        * Are Rahm's numbers creeping up? New internals show him near 50
        * Obama guidance, press schedule, Dec. 19, 2014. Press conference
        * A whole lot of nothing from the City Council


        * Man dead, 3 others wounded in city shootings, including man robbed in Englewood
        * 5 hurt after Christmas Day crash in Northbrook
        * Cops: Suicidal man shot by police after attacking officer with knife
        * Afghan interpreter finds refuge at Marine's home in Champaign
        * Chicago-area moviegoers serious and silly about 'Interview'
        * Details sought in killing of ex-pro basketball player in Bloomingdale
        * Madison Street stores, including one hit by crash-and-grab thieves, open on Christmas
        * 3 charged with stealing clothes from suburban Macy's on Christmas Eve
        * Kitchen fire closes Lincolnshire restaurant for Christmas dinner
        * Prosecutors: Armed home invader overpowered after South Side attack


        * UI Faculty Association President Calls Salaita Report A Game Changer
        * Soda Tax Idea Coming Back In Spring Session
        * Toby Keith, Buddy Guy To Play Governor's Inaugural Concert
        * Long-serving Alderman Berny Stone dies at 87
        * Report Faults State For Closing Women's Prison
        * WUIS-SJR Business Report The End of Times For Bel-Aire Motel
        * Local Book Club Provides Camaraderie For Vets
        * Agencies To Ask For More, Rauner Says ... Without Giving An Opinion On If They Deserve It Or Not
        * Rauner Favors Merging Comptroller, Treasurer. Just Not Now.
        * Rauner Named Nation's Most Influential Pension Figure


        * Derrik Gay: Torture makes us weaker, not stronger
        * Another view: America’s best days ahead or behind?
        * E.J. Dionne Jr.: Christmas joy without piety
        * Esther Cepeda: Labels as landmines
        * Clemency applicants wait for Gov. Quinn's action
        * Illinois lawmaker band readies for inauguration
        * A Yuletide classic from 1897: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
        * BERNARD SCHOENBURG: WUIS, Illinois Issues join together in new media age
        * George Will: Managing Cuba Derangement Syndrome
        * Eugene Robinson: Wrongly pointing fingers


        * A day ends, but a spirit can carry on
        * Still wondering ‘where is the outrage?’
        * Ready for winter
        * Just the facts, ma’am
        * Hospital hosts first aid for scouts
        * Charity auction benefits underprivileged children
        * Marion Garden Club hosts Christmas luncheon
        * Deadline soon to apply for health care scholarship available
        * School song contest
        * SSM Hospice earns highest achievement for veterans' program


        * Pau Gasol leads Bulls past Lakers, 113-93
        * Nevada goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees
        * 'Christmas Vacation' prank: Clark Griswold exit
        * Holiday Bowl Matchup
        * Sun Bowl Matchup

        * Lipinski Succeeds on Manufacturing Bill; H...
        * Reps. Lipinski and Roskam Succeed in Prote...
        * Reps. Lipinski and McCaul's Cybersecurity ...
        * Bill Renaming Mt. Greenwood Post Office fo...
        * Lipinski: Will change lead to commonsense ...
        * Lipinski seeks nominations for academies -...
        * Lipinski: New federal law will support man...
        * Lipinski says his bill will boost US manuf...
        * Manufacturing gets a boost from Lipinski, ...
        * Rep. Lipinski's Bill Requiring National St...

        * The Steep Cost of America’s High Incarcera......
        * Canadian National Railway to remain under ......

        * TMA Applauds Passage of National Strategic......
        * DC Online Publication Says Rep. Bustos Con......

        * Why can’t we all just get along? It seems like such a naive thought
        * Fort Fisher I: Folly
        * Christmas Tree Recycling Available Beginning January 3rd
        * The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #30: The Must-See Bears!
        * The [Christmas Day 2014] Papers
        * Some Uptown Christmas Scenes From Years Past
        * IDOT: Crashes Tick Up 4% 2013, Highest Since 2008
        * Happy holidaze! Now log off and do something real to celebrate
        * Merry Xbox
        * Christmas Eve, Chicago, River North, 2014: Merry Christmas!


        * IDHR Reminder: Law Protecting the Rights of Pregnant Women in Illinois Takes Effect January 1st
        * Governor Quinn Departs for Annual Trip to Visit Wounded Servicemembers - Will Deliver Holiday Cards to Servicemembers on Monday; Encourages People to Donate Miles and Help Reunite Servicemembers with Families
        * Governor Quinn Appoints Jerry Stermer as Illinois Comptroller
        * Governor Quinn Recognizes First Program to Help Military Veterans Use their Training to Achieve a Nursing Degree - Bridge Program at Joliet Junior College Could Help Veterans Save Dozens of Credit Hours and Thousands in Tuition and Fees
        * Governor Quinn Announces Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Hits New Low - Illinois’ Economic Comeback Continues; Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level in More than Six Years




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller