Though I generally disagree with the minority leaders, I think they make one good point, namely that all the other public school districts in the state are already subject to state takeover. Why exempt CPS?
CPS has an entire section of the school code dedicated to them. They have their own set of rules that were created by the legislative representation, mostly at the behest of CPS and CTU. That is what they wanted, that is the “Why?”
===Radogno’s gone from demanding local control to pushing state takeovers.===
Forced school consolidation was part of the Rauner agenda during the campaign. Nobody listened. This is just an extension of that policy. It should surprise no one that Radogno would be on board.
- GraduatedCollegeStudent - Wednesday, Jan 20, 16 @ 10:12 am:
===Though I generally disagree with the minority leaders, I think they make one good point, namely that all the other public school districts in the state are already subject to state takeover. Why exempt CPS?===
CPS has 10 times as many students as the next largest district. That’s why its not treated the same as the other districts in the state.
=== CPS has 10 times as many students as the next largest district. That’s why its not treated the same as the other districts in the state. ===
So CPS is too big to fail? CPS wants to be treated like every other school district when it comes to the State paying the normal employer pension payment. They can’t have it both ways — demanding equal treatment when it benefits them, but exemption when it doesn’t.
Does anyone who takes potshots at Sandack actually remember what he was like before Rauner was elected? He was about the same and very vociferous and boisterous. The manner in which he questioned legislation and intent in 2014 was not really much different than how he handled the same things in 2015. He and Dale Righter are two peas in a pod. They both actually read and attempt to (and usually succeed at) understanding legislation. Sandack is just a bit louder than Righter. I personally think he would make a good House GOP (or at least HRO) Leader. I am partisan, yes, but I like the guy and appreciate the time he puts into his job.
- lake county democrat - Wednesday, Jan 20, 16 @ 10:30 am:
So CPS gets to shed much of its $1.1 billion debt and free up more future income to spend on students and/or lower property taxes for Chicago, and the voters get an elected school board - obviously this is a terrible idea that deserves no consideration whatsoever.
Willy, in my mind Sandack is the same. He just has a better “platform” (metaphorically, at least) from which he can drive home whatever it is he is attempting to explain or push.
When the Dems took over the U.S. House and Senate in 2006, the national GOP got dinged for being loud and boisterous. Perhaps rightfully so, but nonetheless they were labeled as such. They fought tooth-and-nail against cap & trade, the ACA and most stimulus-related issues. Again, not debating the merit but just reiterating the narrative. And then they retook the House and eventually the Senate, and people are sometimes surprised at where they stand. The stances are about the same - maybe not exact, but close - but because they reentered into power the narrative shifted and past actions were almost forgotten.
=JS Mill - Tony Smith and James Applegate are Beth Purvis’ lap dogs.=
Don’t know Applegate, but I do know Smith and he is not a “lap dog” by any stretch of the imagination.
@Wordslinger- With respect- it is a position now and if you are in public education you had better take notice. There have been people in similar roles in the past, but yes Rauner did make this one up.
You have to appreciate my situation. ‘Tween us, I want autonomous GOP GA Caucuses to succeed and assist in helping the Governor learn to govern, and, in reverse, use the “Gorillas of Pate” mentality to make the Governor learn to negotiate in complete good faith and be a partner to the GA. Then Rauner wins… If Rauner wanted to govern.
Your example of 2006 won’t work.
Fighting… Fighting the executive, as a legislature is impactful.
Fighting a legislativr control and having your own party’s executive look inept going it… is NOT the same.
“Fire Madigan, 2.0″ will be a loser.
Fighting unions? Jury’s out, but Rauner has beat them/fooled them once…
People bringing up the GOP and bankruptcy/banking issues seem to forget that, in general, the majority of Congressional Republicans voted AGAINST the “too big to fail” bailout of 2008. Almost triple the amount of Congressional Dems voted in favor of the bank bailouts than voted against the bank bailouts. Most national Republicans voiced strenuous opposition to bailing out GM and Chrysler and voted as such. The argument was that perhaps it would be better to not use public moneys to take care of private businesses and their mistakes.
–People bringing up the GOP and bankruptcy/banking issues seem to forget that, in general, the majority of Congressional Republicans voted AGAINST the “too big to fail” bailout of 2008.–
I’m really not seeing a connection.
Gov. Rauner has been promoting muni bankruptcy since Day One. The Illinois GOP legislative leadership is pushing it this very moment. What does that have to do with Congressional Republicans, the banks and the auto industry?
I think it’s clear the Illinois GOP goal is union busting, although the history of muni bankruptcy doesn’t really support that outcome.
But, again, there is a previous model of state intervention in the Chicago schools that doesn’t involve bankruptcy and that is the Chicago School Finance Authority.
I’m not advocating state intervention or a state bailout. I’m quite certain Chicago has the ways and means to come up with $500 million on its own. They just don’t want to.
For those who live and work in Chicago, are there some mythical suburbs they can flee to with lower property taxes?
Word, my response was pointed at JS Mill’s point about the whole concept of bankruptcy being picky and choosy. Congressional Republicans thought it was okay if some of the big banks and automakers had to declare bankruptcy, and some of the same guard who voted against the bailouts also thought that states should have the same “rights” to declare bankruptcy as a large corporation or even a large municipality does. That was it. I am not debating the merits of bankruptcy, but that is a consistent position. And you are correct - municipal bankruptcy is not a guaranteed shot across the bow at unions.
Responding to Anonymous - 11:18 am: Yes its true that the Mayor of Chicago took over CPS in 1995 and it is also true that the Republicans in the General Assembly voted for the so called reform. It also should be noted that CPS was under the authority of the Chicago School Finance Authority from 1980 on for years and the full assembly allowed the SFA oversight to end.
= my response was pointed at JS Mill’s point about the whole concept of bankruptcy being picky and choosy.=
I was speaking to the state level GOP,I have given up on national politics. Since you brought it up,wasn’t is then president Bush and his team that wanted/bargained for the bailouts? At least in the beginning?
OW and others have pointed out that muni-bankruptcy and the turnaround agenda are not about economics, at least no nearly as much as it is about union busting.
how does the bankruptcy attract investment back to Illinois- dying to know that answer.
This is how Rauner “saved” a struggling school in the past. http://chicago.suntimes.com/uncategorized/7/71/155481/rauners-charter-school-takeover
From the article “Sarah Howard thought Bruce Rauner was an angel who would rescue her financially troubled, academically struggling charter school in East Garfield Park.
Instead, the would-be Republican candidate for Illinois governor took control of the Academy of Communications and Technology Charter School that Howard started, dumped her as executive director, suspended operations for two years, then turned it over to a NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL OPERATOR.”
from the article -…disclosures follow a November report showing Chicago pension funds overseen by Emanuel appointees also invested money with companies whose executives have donated to the mayor’s campaign…We need the SEC to really investigate these donations from the same people who are managing the city’s pension money,” said Waguespack, who Emanuel’s political action committee unsuccessfully tried to defeat in Chicago’s March election. He added that the issue is particularly relevant in the April 7 mayoral runoff, arguing that the disclosures “reinforce the need of Chicago to have a mayor who isn’t going to have the kind of conflicts that Mayor Emanuel has created over the last four years.”
Money Flowing Through ‘Fund Of Funds’
The investments in the firms of Emanuel’s donors and allies took place through so-called fund-of-funds vehicles: the pension system moves money to one financial company, which then distributes it to a portfolio of other investment firms. Funds of hedge funds have been criticized for having a double layer of fees, which leads to fees of 4 percent or higher — more than five times the fees paid by an average index-fund investor.
In the case of Rauner’s company, GTCR, the teachers’ pension money flowed to the firm through several of that company’s private-equity funds. CTPF documents do not list GTCR as managing any Chicago pension money before Emanuel took office.
Emanuel and Rauner have a long history. In addition to vacationing together, Emanuel worked with Rauner when as an investment banker he reportedly represented GTCR in a corporate takeover deal that saw the firm buy a home-security company for $479 million and then sell it for $1 billion only six months later. SEC documents indicate that Rauner continues to hold a stake in a GTCR subsidiary. GTCR documents filed with the SEC indicate that the firm may shift underperforming assets into other funds part-owned by public pension systems to “earn fees.” …
Two interesting reads and further proof that the Governor’s foray into politics is nothing more than another money making scheme at the expense of Illinois taxpayers. Please read both articles.
Sneering how the Detroit teachers sick out will play into the messaging. Detroit schools in receivership now just love me GOP proposal and the conditions do look deplorable. Waiting to hear from brown in 3…2…1