Chicago GOP Response to Proposed 2013 City Budget

Mayor Emanuel's secretive 2013 budget process has produced a proposal that lacks details for addressing the $300 million budget shortfall and the city's long term fiscal problems.

The Chicago GOP calls upon the City Council to thoroughly vet this budget and push back against pressure from the Mayor to simply rush it into law.

The Mayor's budget does nothing to address the  looming pension crisis and runaway long term employee health care costs. Based on the Mayor's poor performance with the Chicago Teachers Union contract, there is little reason to believe he can win pension concessions from other city unions.

"The Mayor must unveil more details for city taxpayers," said Chicago GOP Chairman Adam Robinson. "This vague budget proposal kicks the can down the road, hoping no one asks hard questions. That is unacceptable."

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Rich Grabowski Challenges Opponent, Dan Lipinski, to 3rd CD Debates

Hometown, Illinois – October 5, 2012

Rich Grabowski, Republican candidate for the U.S. Congressional seat in Illinois’ 3rd District, has sent a letter to his opponent in the race, Dan Lipinski, challenging him to two debates.

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Romney wins big! Join us for the Oct 16th debate

The result of last night's first Presidential debate was immediately clear: Romney won, and won big.

Reading the news this morning, you can see this nearly universal sentiment reflected on the front pages of every newspaper in America.  Romney's outstanding performance - and Obama's dismal one - have now made the October 16th debate an even more critical event on the path to November 6th.

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Committeeman Bobbie Johnson Passes

It is with great sadness that the Chicago Republican Party announces the loss of one of its own. Committeeman Bobbie Johnson, of Chicago's 3rd Ward Republican organization, lost her battle with cancer yesterday.

We will let you know about funeral arrangements as information is released by Bobbie's family. Please keep the Johnson family in your thoughts and prayers this weekend.

Adam Robinson
Chairman

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Illinois Policy Institute Open Letter to Mayor Emanuel

Visit http://illinoispolicy.org/blog/blog.asp?ArticleSource=5095 to read an open letter to Mayor Emanuel from the non-partison Illinois Policy Institute (IPI).

The letter is written by Paul Kersey, Director of Labor Policy for IPI and Ben VanMetre, Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst for IPI.

The Chicago GOP strongly supports serious school reform such as those discussed in this letter. Charter schools, online learning, vouchers and parent triggers are all tools that school districts and parents can use to provide the best possible learning environment for students.Test schools and graduation rates among public school students in Chicago is terrible. As the IPI letter says, serious reforms within the school system are a moral obligation we have to the generation now going through their elementary and high school years.

The deal between the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union is not fiscally responsible, does not address structural problems within CPS and fails to provide adequate accountability or transparency for parents and taxpayers.

The Chicago GOP will continue to stand with parents and students in Chicago.

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New Video: Chicago GOP is Making Noise

The Chicago GOP has put out a new video: "Making Noise":

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Chicago GOP Statement on Chick-fil-A's Capitulation

Update below.

Bludgeoned into submission, Chick-fil-A yielded to censorship pressures and gave up its right to free speech today.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Chick-fil-A has yielded to the threat by Alderman Joe Moreno to deny it a business license to operate in his ward. It has promised to stop giving money to groups supporting traditional family values.

The Alderman's threat was backed by Mayor Emanuel, who stated that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago's values."

"The civil rights violation is now complete; Chick-fil-A has been forced to give up its religious, social and political views," said Chris Cleveland, spokesman for the Chicago GOP. "The message to every business in Chicago is clear: oppose the power structure, lose your livelihood."

The Chicago Republican Party demands that Attorney General Lisa Madigan act on its complaint against Alderman Moreno. So far, the Attorney General has failed to take any action.

The Chicago Tribune Story:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-fi-mo-chickfila-gay-moreno-20120919,0,4631297.story

Update:

Newsmax is saying that the reports of capitulation are untrue. It appears that Moreno can't quite get the story straight.

 

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Chicago GOP Statement on Deal to End CTU Strike

The Chicago GOP is extremely disappointed that Mayor Emanuel abandoned real school reform, buckling under pressure from President Obama and Democratic special interests.
The deal announced today is bad for Chicago children and their families. The school closures, layoffs and tax increases that will result from this agreement will harm every single Chicago resident.

Mayor Emanuel folded on a number of critical reforms:
  • - No expanded school choice for parents with students in failing schools
  • - A watered down teacher evaluation that protects bad teachers
  • - No formal end to teacher tenure
  • - No merit pay to reward excellent educators
  • - Guaranteed annual salary increases for teachers regardless of performance. 
  • - No increased teacher contributions for health or pension benefits, kicking the can down the road on CPS fiscal reform
  • - Longer school days do not include more math, science, reading or writing coursework

Nowhere are the interests of parents or children represented. There is no provision for a "parent trigger", where parents can choose whether their neighborhood school becomes a charter school.

It's clear that the CTU got what it wanted and the Mayor went along. Once again, the children got the shaft.

The Chicago GOP will continue working with school reform advocates to bring full school choice to every Chicago family. 

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Chicago GOP Response to CTU Strike Extension

The Chicago Teachers Union inexplicable decision to extend their strike prolongs the suffering of Chicago students and parents. While we agree with Mayor Emanuel's decision to file an injunction to end the strike, it is an action that comes a week too late. 
 
Reports this evening indicate division among union members regarding ending their strike of choice. 
 
"The public school students of Chicago want to go back to class tomorrow," said Chicago GOP chairman Adam Robinson. "Hopefully the courts will order teachers back to work; but, CTU members should've done the right thing earlier today and allowed classes to resume while final details are worked out."
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Chicago GOP Statement on CTU Rally

The Chicago GOP continues to stand up for city students, parents, and taxpayers even as hundreds of non-Chicagoans rallied against reform today.

After depriving students of a full week of classroom time, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis wrote an op-ed stating the union's unequivocal opposition to school choice for parents and the opening of new charter schools.

"While we respect teachers, it's important that the Mayor not cave in to demands by the teacher's union," said Adam Robinson, Chairman of the Chicago Republican Party. "The union defends shorter work days, longer vacations, higher pay, and teacher mediocrity. It's time for Chicago to move forward on school choice, so parents can choose another way."

"We hope the mayor doesn't chicken out," he added.

The Chicago Republican Party supports school choice, particularly in the form of the parent trigger, so that parents can choose to make their neighborhood school a charter school by simple majority vote.

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