* According to the Tribune, thousands of union members and other activists gathered yesterday to “take back Chicago” from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his “corporate, greedy, elitist friends”…
Speakers at the rally had their own ideas, like having the Chicago Public Schools board elected, rather than appointed by the mayor. The crowd cheered video footage of last year’s Chicago Teachers Union strike. Also singled out for criticism was the mayor’s closing of six mental health clinics as part of a broader privatization effort.
* Among those in attendance was none other than Gov. Pat Quinn…
The populist themes are familiar to the re-election-seeking Quinn, who repeated his vow to raise the state’s minimum wage and recounted his days as an organizer, when he founded the Citizens Utility Board, a consumer watchdog group.
“You don’t get changes from the big shots on top of the power heap,” Quinn said. “It bubbles up from grass-roots community leaders, everyday people banding together for a cause they believe in.”
* If you watch the raw video, this was a blatantly anti-Rahm rally…
Lots of loud and angry yelling. Quinn’s remarks begin at around the 1:42:30 mark. He didn’t really say all that much, but his presence at that rally likely won’t go unnoticed by the 5th Floor.
* And speaking of anger, SEIU Local One’s Jerry Morrison sent a text message to reporters last night…
I thought folks might be interested in a Chicago jobs update.
First things first, it has been five days since Dominick’s announced they were closing their 72 Chicago area stores and Mayor Rahm Emanuel has not yet uttered the word Dominick’s. I will keep everyone abreast of that number much like Nightline did during the Iran Hostage crisis.
It may ease your mind to know that Mayor Emanuel did find time to go on a Divy bike ride of Logan Square though.
Also, our preliminary research shows that over the last 18 months the City of Chicago has lost well over 11,000 good paying union jobs.
That is a combination of the CPS layoffs, other various public sector layoffs, WARN Act announced layoffs, and just 4,000 of the recently announced Dominick’s layoffs.
I should note this is an extremely conservative estimate and does not include the mass layoffs at Hostess earlier this year. We will
have a more detailed report of job loss under Mayor Emanuel soon. In the mean time could someone just ask Rahm why $16 million for a Whole Foods in Englewood and nothing to save the more than 6,000 jobs at Dominick’s?