A prominent civil rights group blasted Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s annual speech to his followers as “hateful,” “hurtful” and “anti-Semitic.” Lonnie Nasatir, the Anti-Defamation League’s Chicago/Upper Midwest director, said Wednesday that the speech Farrakhan gave Feb. 26 to thousands at the United Center aimed to divide when it should have united communities.
There's an old saying in the journalism business: A newspaper is a mirror of the community it serves. Usually this old saw is meant to imply that strong investigative reporting can force a community to notice its warts (or aldermen) and take action to remove them.
But for me, the saying has come to mean something else—that you can tell a lot about a city's civic health by the way it supports, or fails to support, news organizations that engage in public accountability reporting. Read more...
Chicago Public Schools is embarking on yet another revamp of its controversial principal eligibility process, based on a new set of principal skills that will also play into new state-mandated principal evaluations. The changes could take effect as soon as this summer, but it’s not clear yet what they will be. The current process includes an application with essays and an initial interview; a scenario exam; a school data case study; a more in-depth interview; and a mock teacher observation.
The paper says it has come to doubt the value of candidate endorsements, given the multitude of information sources that allow even a casual voter to be better informed than ever before. "Research on the matter suggests that editorial endorsements don’t change many votes, especially in higher-profile races," the paper says.
Vitally important traffic tools are vanishing in Chicago, which prides itself as being one of the most walkable and bicycle-friendly cities in America. Thousands of pedestrian crosswalk bars, vehicle lane lines and bicycle-lane stripes have faded with time or become covered in grime. City transportation officials say a stepped-up pavement-marking program will take place in 2012.