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A look at the elected Chicago school board bill

Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016

* The Tribune takes a quick look at the elected Chicago school board bill, which passed the House months ago and hit a brick wall in the Senate

But as efforts are being made to ask voters to create a more independent way of drawing legislative district maps to take much of the politics out of the process, it’s interesting to note who would be charged with drawing Chicago school board election boundaries.

Under the measure, it would be the Illinois General Assembly. So 118 House members and 59 senators statewide would have a say in where individuals could run for spots on an elected Chicago school board.

And it looks like the map-making process would be in the form of a bill, which means it would be subject to a potential veto of Gov. Bruce Rauner if he didn’t like the way the lines were drawn.

The measure makes no mention of the school board districts having to comply with the Illinois Voting Rights Act, which affords legislative map-making protections to racial, ethnic and language-speaking groups to be able to try to elect their favored candidate.

Those would appear to be significant concerns given the various “good-government” groups that populate the Statehouse.

The Senate Democrats have other concerns, like no runoffs for winners of multi-candidate races, and the large number (20) of board districts. The biggest concern, of course, is that the mayor opposes the bill and Senate President John Cullerton’s constituents support it.

The bill was passed by the House in March, before the primary. It was probably designed to do three things: 1) Give Chicago Democrats a chance to look good for the voters back home before the primary vote; 2) Placate the Chicago Teachers Union, which was supporting Speaker Madigan and opposing people like Ken Dunkin; and 3) A little “love tap” for Senate President Cullerton and Mayor Emanuel, just to let them know they were being watched as they talked with the governor.

* In other “reform” news, I’ll bet this was an uncomfortable moment…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

11 Comments
  1. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:41 am:

    “Volunteer asks Mayor Emanuel to sign former Gov. Quinn’s petition for mayoral term limits. He declined.”

    *****
    Conflict of interest;)


  2. - here we go - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:54 am:

    It was refreshing to see Governor Quinn work the Pride Parade’s attendees to collect signatures.

    Can’t imagine Emanuel or Rauner out doing that.


  3. - Come on man! - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:37 pm:

    Pat Dowell in the background is priceless.


  4. - Boone's is Back - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 1:14 pm:

    “Umm yea, I’ll pass”


  5. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 1:34 pm:

    Volunteer - Here, I’ll give you the knife to cut your own throat.

    Rahm - I’ll pass.


  6. - Mama - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:17 pm:

    Did the volunteer not know who the Mayor of Chicago was when he asked the mayor to sign a petition for Chicago mayoral term limits? This is NUTS!


  7. - City Zen - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:23 pm:

    ==It was refreshing to see Governor Quinn work the Pride Parade’s attendees to collect signatures.==

    He had just finished mowing his lawn. What else did he have going on?


  8. - blogman - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:26 pm:

    Unless they move the election to November, which they won’t, this election will be controlled by the teacher’s union. Is that what people want?


  9. - City Zen - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:33 pm:

    LA Unified has 250,000 more students yet only 7 districts. Why does Chicago need 20? And why an even number?


  10. - Moist von Lipwig - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 4:55 pm:

    ==Unless they move the election to November, which they won’t, this election will be controlled by the teacher’s union. Is that what people want?==

    Rather the Teachers Union than the Mayor. But when the Teachers Union starts passing the term limits petitions (if they’re not already; they might be) thats when it’s gonna get real hot in this city.


  11. - Ron - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 8:54 pm:

    CTU has destroyed CPS with aid of Daley. Time to allow municipal bankruptcy.


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