A s the man responsible for overseeing construction of Chicago’s new schools, libraries, police stations and even a new harbor along the lakefront, James McConnell commands a salary from Chicago taxpayers higher than anyone at City Hall makes. That includes Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who recently agreed to extend to a fifth year the lucrative no-bid contract that will pay the politically connected construction-management firm where McConnell is executive vice president more than $95 million by the time it runs out next year.
Contract awaits approval by CPS boardChicago’s public school teachers overwhelmingly approved a contract agreement in a vote taken earlier this week.
- Chicago teachers vote to approve 3-year contract [Businessweek]
- Chicago teachers say yes to contract [WBEZ]
A Chicago Teachers Union official Tuesday called for a “truce of peace’’ and denounced as “saber rattling” recent ads by what he called a “shoddy organization” that recently bankrolled a television commercial featuring Mayor Rahm Emanuel talking about the new CTU contract.
Chicago Public Schools students, teachers and parents experienced a second round of first-day nerves mixed with excitement Wednesday as they headed back to class after the seven-day teachers’ strike, the first one in Chicago in 25 years.
- CPS teachers, students return to class [ABC-7]
- Students of Chicago Public Schools Back in Class, Broader Reform Issues Remain [PBS NewsHour]
- Chicago students return to school after strike [Chicago Tribune]
As contract talks resumed this morning, some striking Chicago teachers were chafing at comments by the school board president that they seemed more interested in having fun than returning to the classroom.