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The [Tuesday] Papers

"Chicago Public Schools has already admitted it overstated the capital savings it could achieve by closing 54 schools. Parents say they have no proof the new numbers are right either." - Lutton and Karp, bringing the goods.

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"[Parent Ali] Burke says she's sure of one number at this point: her trust in the school district is at zero."

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Meanwhile . . .

"Independent hearing officers are opposing 14 of the school closings proposed by Chicago Public Schools officials, citing safety concerns and the district's failure to show students would be going to better schools," the Tribune reports.

"The hearing officers' recommendations are due 15 days before a final board vote on the closings, expected May 22. After repeated requests for the reports throughout the day Monday, CPS posted them on the district's website shortly before midnight."

Only because a Friday afternoon wasn't legally available.

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"CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said the late night release of the reports had to do with the district's legal department reviewing the submissions, many of which came in over the weekend and Monday."

That's about as believable as the money CPS won't be saving.

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The reports are quite damning. Click through to read the Trib's account, of course, but also recommended for the best (worst) of it: @CatalystChicago, @ILRaiseYourHand and @WBEZeducation.

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If the Board of Education takes the recommendations in full (ha!), 40 schools would be closed. Beachwood oddsmakers set the Over/Under at 35 when the process began, and the number didn't move the whole time. Still, interference by Rahm Emanuel could squash payouts.

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And this just in:

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How 'Bout Those Bulls!
If Tom Thibodeau Managed The Cubs.

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See also: The New Derrick Rose Shoe.

New Jersey's Jackson
Good news for elk head dealers.

Toni TIF
"Property taxpayers in Englewood were furious upon learning at a town hall meeting Saturday that their tax dollars had contributed at least $44 million to the Englewood Neighborhood Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District since it rolled out in 2001," Progress Illinois reports.

Apparently $44 million worth of development has not ensued.

But here's the part that really caught my eye:

"At least one resident at the meeting put the blame for the lack of TIF developments in Englewood on the local aldermen. But others explained that Chicago's aldermen typically know little about how the program actually works.

"I can't speak for all the aldermen, but I'm speaking for myself, and we don't know a lot about TIFs," said Ald. Toni Foulkes (15th) who represents parts of Englewood.

She said Saturday's CivicLab presentation was the fourth community meeting she's been to regarding TIFs. Foulkes noted that some of the people in the room probably had more TIF knowledge than their alderman.

"The reason that I come is to get educated and to learn about this because they don't teach us this," she said.

Foulkes is celebrating her sixth year in office this month.

Chicago's Silent Segregation
"Those who are new to Chicago, particularly those in the highly educated labor force that our mayor desperately wants to attract, will likely to seek housing in relatively small areas of the city," our very own Kiljoong Kim writes.

"Subsequently, the economic benefit of such population growth is likely to be limited to those areas. These new residents will merely reinforce the level of inequity we currently have, if not make the situation worse."

Young And Homeless In Chicago
CPS aggravating the situation.

Jesus Died For Somebody's Sins, But Not Theirs
Patti Smith, Little Walter, Gary Richrath and Bloodshot's Latest Epic Badass in our Local Music Notebook.

Daredevils Of Chicago
Skyscrapers, Bike Messengers And Plainfield's Poet in Local Book Notes.

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Posted on May 7, 2013


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