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Read all the Chicago Teachers Union’s contract demands

Read all the Chicago Teachers Union’s contract demands

The Chicago Teachers Union's lengthy list of demands includes base raises and experience compensation each year, housing help, climate justice, more compensation added to pension calculations and a pool of health care funds targeted to racial disparities.

The Policy Shop: Why 911 doesn’t respond in Chicago

The Policy Shop: Why 911 doesn’t respond in Chicago

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson has a lot of plans to change the social order, but what he doesn’t have is a plan for how to stanch the city’s literal or figurative bleeding. Without law and order, people and businesses will continue to flee: 32,990 people in 2022, plus major businesses over crime and taxes. Chicago’s...

The Policy Shop: Why Springfield should save the Invest in Kids Act

The Policy Shop: Why Springfield should save the Invest in Kids Act

This edition of The Policy Shop is by policy analyst Hannah Schmid. On Tuesday the Illinois General Assembly will begin the fall veto session, when they have a chance to override the vetoes issued by Gov. J.B. Pritzker plus put other bills in motion. The best use of their time this fall is to save...

The Policy Shop: Solving poverty the right way

The Policy Shop: Solving poverty the right way

This edition of The Policy Shop is by Director of Fiscal and Economic Research Bryce Hill. America has lost the War on Poverty. After nearly 60 years, the poverty rate remains stuck between 11% and 15%. It focused on making poverty less painful rather than helping people escape a trap that lasts for generations. The free...

The Policy Shop: One small victory for Illinois homeowners

The Policy Shop: One small victory for Illinois homeowners

This edition of The Policy Shop is by Director of Policy Research Joseph Tabor. Geraldine Tyler is a 94-year-old Minnesota grandmother who in 2010 fell behind in the property taxes on her one-bedroom condo after moving into a senior living apartment. Hennepin County took the condo, sold it for $40,000 to cover a tax debt...

The Policy Shop: The Chicago Teachers Union’s hypocrisy

The Policy Shop: The Chicago Teachers Union’s hypocrisy

This edition of The Policy Shop comes to you from policy analyst Hannah Schmid. Chicago Teachers Union President Stacy Davis Gates believes in school choice – for herself. Now that she’s admitted her child attends a private high school, she is attempting to spin the hypocrisy of trying to stop low-income families from making that same choice into...

The Policy Shop: More money, more problems at Chicago Public Schools

The Policy Shop: More money, more problems at Chicago Public Schools

This edition of The Policy Shop comes to you from policy analyst Hannah Schmid. Almost everyone in Illinois is back to school at this point – even Chicago Public Schools’ first day was earlier than their typical post-Labor Day start. Speaking of CPS, many students will return to Chicago school buildings with mostly empty seats...

The Policy Shop: Chicago’s youth violence problem

The Policy Shop: Chicago’s youth violence problem

This edition of The Policy Shop comes to you from policy adviser Paul Vallas and writer Patrick Andriesen. Happy Wednesday. Today we’ll be looking at gun violence in Chicago and the spike in youth crime, trying to understand what’s really going on. Chicago’s gun problem. Shootings in Chicago in 2022 were up by nearly one-third compared...

The Policy Shop: AFSCME’s new contract worsens Illinois’ pension crisis

The Policy Shop: AFSCME’s new contract worsens Illinois’ pension crisis

This edition of The Policy Shop was written by Bryce Hill, director of fiscal and economic research. It’s a good month to be a state worker in Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has awarded the largest ever American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) contract, which includes 19% pay raises and a $1,200 signing bonus for...

The Policy Shop: Pension debt and property tax pain

The Policy Shop: Pension debt and property tax pain

This edition of The Policy Shop is brought to you by Josh Bandoch, head of policy. Politicians love to make promises. Here’s one: Your property taxes won’t go up! Mayor Brandon Johnson has made that vow. Many of his predecessors had, too. That won’t help anyone who owes Cook County property taxes for the remainder...

The Policy Shop: The crisis facing Chicago Public Schools

The Policy Shop: The crisis facing Chicago Public Schools

This edition of The Policy Shop is brought to you by Policy Analyst Hannah Schmid. Chicago Public Schools math and reading scores are some of the worst in the country. But there’s a little-known subset of schools that are suffering more than others. Empty, failing, forgotten. It’s hard to believe, but Chicago Public Schools is home...

The Policy Shop: The Chicago Teachers Union’s Fringe Ideology, Explained

The Policy Shop: The Chicago Teachers Union’s Fringe Ideology, Explained

This edition of The Policy Shop is by Mailee Smith, staff attorney and director of labor policy. People who go to the Illinois Statehouse almost always want something. One way to tell what they want is by looking at the legislation they support or oppose. That’s one way we’ve learned so much about just how...

The Policy Shop: The one group trying to kill Illinois’ sole school choice program

The Policy Shop: The one group trying to kill Illinois’ sole school choice program

This week’s The Policy Shop is from Mailee Smith, senior director of labor policy and staff attorney at the Illinois Policy Institute The start of spring reminds us two things are ending: the school year and the spring legislative session. That means time is running out to save Invest in Kids – the tax credit...