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Rahm’s Chicago

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On July 5, 2017
Rahm Emanuel’s new education policy is senseless on the face of it. To graduate from a public high school in Chicago, students will soon have to meet a new and unusual requirement: They must show that they’ve secured a job or received a letter of acceptance to college, a trade apprenticeship, a gap year program […]

Stop and Frisk

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On September 28, 2016

Simon Balto has a rejoinder to Donald Trump’s fearmongering call to institute stop and frisk policing in Chicago. See, Chicago has a long history with this. It’s not a good history. Legall

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CTU Strike

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On April 1, 2016
The Chicago Teachers Union, which in 2012 had one of the biggest and most important strikes of the last decade, is back on the picket line today for a 1-day strike. Like the 2012 strike, this is about more than just a contract. This is a political strike with broad if somewhat vague demands about […]
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This is a guest post from Simon Balto, Assistant Professor of History at Ball State University. He is a former resident of Chicago, and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently working on a book about the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and Chicago’s black community. As the […]
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Today in Offensive Arguments

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On August 14, 2015
Above: The conservative dream for all union-dense cities with lots of black people. Kristen McQueary of the Chicago Tribune presents the conservative argument that Hurricane Katrina was awesome because it destroyed those teachers’ unions and pesky city workers’ labor contracts. She wishes it on Chicago. Envy isn’t a rational response to the upcoming 10-year anniversary […]
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