Tag Archives: Chicago

Hugh Hewitt: Our Children: Key Victims of Pandemic Politics

If you’re a parent or a grandparent of school-aged children, I am sure you’ve been tracking with the fact that:

One: School-aged children are safe if they return to school.

And two:

President Biden was elected with a promise to get our kids back into school.

The Associated Press came out with a story this week that amounts to little more than fake news—the real sort of fake news.

The headline was simple: “Union approves deal with Chicago schools to return to class.”

That sounds great, but it’s five paragraphs in when we learn—and I quote—“No plans have been set for high school students, who will continue with online learning.”

The headline ought to have been: Union approves deal with Chicago schools not to return to class.

Chicago is like L.A., which is like New York City—cities with enormously powerful public employee unions—unions that virtually run their Democratic parties, which do indeed run their cities. The teacher unions are operating with a concern for their pensions and with an effort to keep their members at home.

Our young ones are paying the price.

Reopen the schools and reopen them now.

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Teachers Unions Put Politics Before Students


Townhall Review for February 13, 2021

Hugh Hewitt talks about the reopening of Chicago schools and the misleading media headlines.

Hugh Hewitt and Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York talk about the second impeachment of former President Trump.

Mark Davis shares his email exchange with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban regarding his decision to not play the national anthem at Mavericks’ games.

Hugh Hewitt talks with Texas Senator John Cornyn about the Democrat’s aggressive agenda.

Dennis Prager talks with Victor Davis Hanson, of the Hoover Institution, about being shunned by even family members for supporting former President Trump.

Mike Gallagher talks about what happened when a Trump supporter did a favor for a Los Angeles Times writer.

Charlie Kirk looks at the $1.9 trillion so-called rescue package that goes well beyond the quick cash to hurting Americans.

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Dan Proft: Chicago New Mayor Exacerbates Budget Crisis

Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago in April to much national fanfare as a triumph of identity politics. She labeled herself “a triple threat” because she’s black, gay and female.

Now: Six months in and amid Chicago’s second teachers’ strike in seven years, Lightfoot has discovered math doesn’t care about her intersectionality and neither does the Chicago Teachers’ Union.

Chicago teachers, already the highest paid in the nation adjusted for cost of living, rejected a 16 percent pay increase over five years that would bring the average teacher salary to nearly $100,000. That doesn’t include the net present value pension of more than $2 million guaranteed for which teachers contribute only 2 percent of their salaries.

The Chicago Public School system currently has nearly $20 billion in bills and less than $3 billion to pay for them.

Chicago’s democratic politicians have done a torch of a job on the city’s finances … rivaling what fire did to the physical city in 1871.

Lightfoot is just the latest pyromaniac.

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Dan Proft: “Completely Corrupt” Chicago

In 1952, Alderman Robert Merriam remarked to journalist A.J. Liebling that Chicago “is the only completely corrupt city in America.”

That hasn’t changed in the dismissal of charges against Jussie Smollett.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is one of the Socialist Spice Girls put together by Michelle Obama’s top lieutenants. That’s why Mayor Rahm Emanuel was out of the communication loop.

Why would Foxx have inappropriate ex parte communications and muck up her recusal?

Why would her office waive the customary demand for reduced sentencing by Smollett and offer no objection to the case file being immediately sealed?

Was Foxx making good on a promise?—accepting a bigger, better quid pro quo?—or just singing the tune she needed to sing to stay in the band?

That’s now a matter for the FBI to figure out.

What everyone has figured out about Chicago is that the rule of politics supersedes the rule of law.

Chicago—indeed—is completely corrupt.

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