Chicago

Chicago Public Schools lays off nearly 1,000 as budget impasse threatens more

By Alexander Fangmann, 23 August 2017

While CPS blames “enrollment changes, program adjustments and/or changes in students’ academic needs,” demographic changes alone do not account for the continued layoffs.

“We work harder for pennies”

Striking Chicago-area mechanics denounce auto dealerships’ contract offer

By Jessica Goldstein, 7 August 2017

Striking mechanics told the WSWS that after years of concessions they are determined to obtain a real wage increase and better contract terms.

Chicago Transit Authority train operators vote to strike

By Jeff Lusanne, 12 July 2017

In a preliminary poll of train operators, 98 percent voted to strike the against the Chicago Transit Authority after 18 months without a new contract.

Notes on police violence

Latest Chicago police killing shrouded in secrecy

By George Gallanis, 11 July 2017

The still unidentified man shot Sunday is the eighth person killed by the Chicago police this year, coming not even one week since the last fatal shooting.

Notes on police violence

Chicago police fatally shoot 37-year-old man

By George Marlowe, 5 July 2017

Despite promises of reform from Democratic mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago police department continues to kill with impunity, as do police forces across the rest of the country.

Trump administration, Democrats announce local-federal partnership to expand Chicago police force

By Kristina Betinis, 3 July 2017

The greater integration of city and federal policing agencies will do nothing to address the conditions that produce gun violence, rooted in social inequality and mass poverty.

Chicago police officers indicted for covering up murder of Laquan McDonald

By Alexander Fangmann, 29 June 2017

Rather than striking a blow against the Chicago Police Department’s code of silence, the charges against the three officers are an extension of a cover up that extends to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Caterpillar, Butterball to close factories in Montgomery, Illinois, laying off 1,400 workers

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 24 May 2017

The dual factory closures in the far western suburbs of Chicago take place in an area already hard hit by decades of deindustrialization.

Chicago police keep nearly 400,000 on a secret watch list

By George Marlowe, 24 May 2017

Far exceeding previous claims, the Chicago police secretly maintain a vast surveillance net covering nearly 15 percent of the city’s population.

Obama presidential center in Chicago could cost $1.5 billion

By George Marlowe, 19 May 2017

The Obamas are building their shrine to themselves in a highly impoverished area of the city of Chicago as part of their post-presidential mythmaking efforts.

Chicago school district moves to fire activist teacher

By Kristina Betinis, 12 May 2017

The Emanuel administration is aiming to make an example of Chambers to intimidate and silence teachers who oppose education cuts, high-stakes testing and school privatization.

Chicago Teachers Union calls off one-day strike vote

By Kristina Betinis, 11 April 2017

Just hours before a scheduled vote on a one-day walkout union head Karen Lewis announced, “No, we’re not striking.”

East Chicago mayor refuses to reveal plan for lead-poisoned housing complex

By Jessica Goldstein and Benjamin Mateus, 10 April 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agency determined that the relocation of West Calumet residents was unnecessary.

Chicago teachers to vote on one-day strike

By Kristina Betinis, 30 March 2017

As part of the latest round of cuts, the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel has threatened to end the school year nearly three weeks early.

Chicago schools and water infrastructure plagued by lead contamination

By our reporter, 16 March 2017

Chicago schools and the city’s water infrastructure contains lead piping that expose the population to the danger of lead poisoning.

Stop censorship at Loyola University-Chicago

Students have the right to form political organizations on campus!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 1 March 2017

The IYSSE calls on Loyola University Chicago to reverse its decision barring the International Socialist Organization from forming a student club.

Chicago: Seven fatal shootings in one day, Trump threatens federal intervention

By Alexander Fangmann, 25 February 2017

Trump wants to unleash is a violent and ruthless crackdown on working class and impoverished communities, along with a clampdown on protests against police violence,

Indiana governor declares disaster in East Chicago over lead contamination

By Jessica Goldstein, 20 February 2017

Although lead contamination in the area has been known of for decades, no substantial efforts were made to address the toxin until recently.

Cook County, Illinois refuses to charge officer involved in fatal shooting of two

By George Marlowe, 13 February 2017

In what amounts to yet another political cover up of police murders in Chicago, prosecutors claimed that the officer acted in self-defense despite witness testimony to the contrary.

Chicago Housing Authority refuses to provide housing assistance while homelessness grows

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 February 2017

A newly released report details how the public housing agency fails to provide housing vouchers or construct new units.

Illinois governor threatens to dispatch National Guard if state workers strike

By George Gallanis, 3 February 2017

Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, has threatened to carry out a Reagan-style strikebreaking operation if 30,000 state workers walk out to oppose his demands for concessions.

Trump threatens to “send in the Feds” to Chicago

By Kristina Betinis, 27 January 2017

Trump’s threats to intervene in Chicago to promote “law and order” reveal his plans for urban areas across the nation.

Hundreds of thousands rally in Chicago to oppose Trump

By our reporters, 24 January 2017

Those who rallied to oppose the politics of the Trump administration were confronted with the Democratic Party’s stock-in-trade of identity politics and militarism.

Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder for killing unarmed man

By Marcus Day, 21 January 2017

Lowell Houser, a 28-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday for fatally shooting and killing an unarmed man earlier this month.

Justice Department report on Chicago police an exercise in damage control

By George Marlowe, 17 January 2017

A report released by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice last week highlights unconstitutional acts of police brutality by the Chicago Police Department.

Illinois man dies after police shootout on commuter train

By George Marlowe, 12 January 2017

Jamal Parks died from a gunshot wound to the head in Deerfield, Illinois, in the midst of a dangerous police shootout aboard a passenger-filled train.

The Chicago Facebook torture video: A symptom of social decay in capitalist America

By George Gallanis, 12 January 2017

The issues raised by this violent and cruel incident can be properly understood only by placing it within its socio-economic and political context.

Illinois governor vetoes $215 million in pension funding for Chicago teachers

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2016

Rauner’s veto, which could result in deep school cuts, was widely expected by the Chicago Teachers Union, which concealed this from teachers in order to block a strike and push through concessions.

Chicago police kill two over Thanksgiving holiday

By Jessica Goldstein, 28 November 2016

The recent shootings take place one year after the release of dashcam footage of the murder of 17-year-old black youth Laquan McDonald by a Chicago cop.

Several thousand join anti-Trump protests in Chicago

By our reporters, 14 November 2016

For the second time in a week, anti-Trump protesters gathered in downtown Chicago Saturday morning expressing social anger felt throughout the United States in the wake of Trump’s election.

SEP holds meetings in Illinois in lead-up to November 5 anti-war conference

By our reporters, 4 November 2016

Niles Niemuth, the SEP US vice presidential candidate, addressed workers and students at meetings held in Rock Island and Chicago, Illinois, over the last week.

Nearly one-third of Chicago teachers reject CTU concessions deal

By Alexander Fangmann, 3 November 2016

The Chicago Teachers Union on Tuesday announced the ratification of a concessions-laden contract.

Vote by Chicago teachers on concessions contract begins today, after postponement

By Kristina Betinis, 31 October 2016

The decision by the Chicago Teachers Union to delay the vote by two days, supposedly to allow teachers to read the contract, is an indication that there is widespread opposition.

Mobilize the working class to defend public education

Vote “no” on the CPS-CTU concessions contract!

By the Socialist Equality Party, 26 October 2016

The agreement, fraudulently presented as a “fair deal” by the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools system, is a further attack on teachers and public education.

Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates approves concessions contract

By our reporter, 20 October 2016

Both district officials and union leaders are hailing as a success a contract that will escalate the attack on teachers, while paving the way for the closure of more public schools.

Chicago charter school union announces contract deal

By Jeff Lusanne, 20 October 2016

The American Federation of Teachers has helped craft a new contract for charter school teachers in Chicago that mirrors a concessions contract accepted for public school teachers.

The International Socialist Organization campaigns for layoffs, school closures in Chicago

By Eric London, 19 October 2016

A tentative agreement announced by the Chicago Teachers Union, and praised by the ISO, would mark a new stage in the attack on teachers and on public education.

The International Socialist Organization and the Chicago teachers contract betrayal

By Marcus Day, 13 October 2016

The ISO-led Chicago Teachers Union is doing everything in its power to force its second concessions contract in four years onto angry and defiant teachers.

Chicago teachers denounce contract sellout

By Kristina Betinis, 12 October 2016

As teachers angrily denounce concessions in the CTU’s tentative agreement, the International Socialist Organization is painting the settlement as a victory against Rahm Emanuel.

As union heads scramble to settle

Chicago teachers set strike date

By Kristina Betinis, 30 September 2016

After nearly a year and a half without a contract, the teachers union has set a walkout date for October 11.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White kicks off fall campaign with meeting in Chicago

By our reporters, 10 September 2016

White spoke to workers and youth about the expansion of war, the growth of social inequality, and the need for a socialist political leadership to guide the struggles of the working class.

Chicago mayor plans to boost size of police force in response to social crisis

By George Marlowe, 9 September 2016

The call for greater policing and an escalation of law-and-order measures comes on the heels of growing public disaffection with the entire political establishment.

More than 1,000 to be displaced by demolition of low-income housing development in Indiana

By Catherine Long, 3 September 2016

Extremely high levels of lead and arsenic are present in the soil due to the historic absence of environmental controls on the metal smelting industry in East Chicago.

Chicago police shoot someone every five days

By George Marlowe, 2 September 2016

According to a new report, 92 people have been killed in six years by Chicago police officers, a majority of them in areas of high poverty.

“I don’t think there’s a whole lot we can do unless some type of revolution kicks off”

Socialist Equality Party campaigns in Aurora, Illinois

By our reporters, 31 August 2016

SEP campaigners visited Aurora, once a major industrial center, and now the second largest city in the state, to promote Jerry White and Niles Niemuth’s presidential campaign.

In bid to quash anger, Chicago cops face firing over Laquan McDonald murder

By Alexander Fangmann, 22 August 2016

The seven cops are among ten recommended for termination in a recent city inspector general’s report issued even as police violence continues.

Illinois community college drops racially segregated courses after public criticism

By Matthew Brennan, 13 August 2016

The decision by Moraine Valley Community College to drop segregated college-readiness courses, after an initial defense by school officials, came amid criticism from students and parents.

Chicago Public Schools announces 1,000 layoffs, threatens new cuts

By Kristina Betinis, 11 August 2016

In pressing teachers for major concessions, Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel is relying on the Chicago Teachers Union to suppress opposition.

After the Paul O’Neal murder

Stop the police killings! Unite workers and youth of every race and nationality!

By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 8 August 2016

Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White issued the following statement after the release of video showing the brutal police murder of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal.

Chicago police warn of unrest after murder of teen

By Kristina Betinis, 6 August 2016

The July 28 murder of Paul O’Neal is the latest in a series of police killings around the US that have claimed the lives of nearly 700 victims so far this year.

“We are suffering, struggling, and they’re getting richer and richer”

SEP campaigns in south Chicago area

By our reporters, 18 July 2016

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party campaigned for presidential candidate Jerry White at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, a shopping center and a transit station Saturday.

Chicago police SWAT team terrorizes working class neighborhood

By George Marlowe, 15 July 2016

The Chicago Police Department conducted warrantless raids of homes in a neighborhood in the South Side while searching for alleged gunmen.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White speaks to workers in Chicago, Illinois

By our reporters, 18 June 2016

White took the SEP presidential campaign to Chicago, speaking to workers at a Ford Motor Company plant and in downtown Chicago at a transit station.

Chicago's homeless speak on poverty, inequality and budget cuts

By Jeff Lusanne, 31 May 2016

WSWS reporters spoke to homeless people in Chicago about their living conditions and the budgetary cuts to critical social programs.

Working to impose concessions, Chicago Teachers Union calls off strike date

By Kristina Betinis, 9 May 2016

Amidst growing anger from teachers, the CTU is working to block a struggle against the Emanuel administration.

Three hundred workers laid off at Chicago State University

By George Gallanis, 7 May 2016

The layoffs are part of a bipartisan effort by Illinois Democrats and Republicans to permanently slash funding for the state’s public higher education system.

Protests in Chicago after police kill 16-year-old boy

By George Gallanis, 15 April 2016

Pierre Loury was shot in the chest while climbing a fence in the Homan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

Chicago suburbs confront rising homelessness

By Jessica Goldstein, 14 April 2016

The Illinois state budget impasse and rising housing costs are contributing to a mounting homelessness crisis.

New revelations of violence at Chicago police “black site”

By George Marlowe, 13 April 2016

Internal Chicago police documents reveal violent abuse of detainees at the secret interrogation center in Homan Square.

Chicago mayor’s choice to head police oversaw crackdown on anti-NATO protesters

By George Marlowe, 8 April 2016

Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to appoint Eddie Johnson as police chief exposes the fraud of his so-called “reform” of the police department.

Chicago Teachers Union holds one-day “strike” to channel opposition behind Democrats

By Kristina Betinis and George Marlowe, 2 April 2016

In the face of enormous opposition among teachers to the attacks on public education, the CTU called a phony one-day “strike” to politically disarm teachers by promoting illusions in the Democratic Party.

CTU calls phony one-day “strike” to back Democrats

By Kristina Betinis, 1 April 2016

The most critical issue facing teachers is developing an independent struggle against the CTU-Democratic Party alliance

Chicago Teachers Union approves one-day stunt “strike” on April 1

By Kristina Betinis, 26 March 2016

As union leaders deepen their alliance with the Democratic Party and the right-wing administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, teachers are coming into increasing conflict with the union.

The conspiracy against the Chicago teachers

By Kristina Betinis, 12 March 2016

The struggle to defend public education brings teachers into conflict with both big business parties, the corporations they represent and the unions that push through their policies.

“Education should be a right”

Chicago students and faculty oppose potential school closure, layoffs

By George Marlowe, 4 March 2016

Students and faculty at the predominantly working-class Chicago State University spoke out against the possibility of budget cuts which would devastate higher education.

Chicago State University threatens to lay off entire staff amidst state budget impasse

By Alexander Fangmann, 29 February 2016

The South Side institution is on its way to becoming the first victim of the bipartisan effort to drastically downsize public higher education in Illinois.

Chicago officer sues estate of teenager he fatally shot

By George Marlowe, 18 February 2016

In an attempt to intimidate any opposition to police brutality, a Chicago police officer is suing the estate of Quintonio LeGrier, whom he fatally shot, for $10 million in damages.

The International Socialist Organization backs Mayor Emanuel’s attack on Chicago teachers

By Marcus Day, 18 February 2016

In a recent article, the ISO—which plays a leading role in the Chicago Teachers Union—defended the rotten agreement the CTU attempted to ram past teachers earlier this month.

Detroit and Chicago teachers fight to defend public education

By Jerry White, 8 February 2016

The struggle to defend the right to education poses political questions that are critical for the entire working class.

Chicago teachers march to oppose budget and job cuts

By Jerry White, 5 February 2016

Thousands of teachers marched in downtown Chicago Thursday to oppose threats by school authorities to cut 1,000 jobs and slash $100 million from the school budget.

Mobilize the working class to defend public education in Chicago!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

4 February 2016

A real struggle to defend public education must begin with an understanding that teachers face in the Chicago Teachers Union an enemy no less bitter than Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago teachers face mass layoffs after bargaining committee rejects CTU-backed deal

By Kristina Betinis, 3 February 2016

The Chicago Public Schools announced $100 million in budget cuts just one day after the rejection of an agreement backed by the teachers’ union.

Report reveals ongoing social crisis for Chicago’s youth and young adults

By George Gallanis, 1 February 2016

In the past decade, Chicago’s youth and young adults have seen a steady increase in unemployment, and with it social misery.

Chicago teachers union leader pledges to enforce austerity

By Kristina Betinis, 25 January 2016

Negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the administration of Rahm Emanuel continue amid growing resistance to cuts, including from Detroit teachers.

Illinois Republicans announce Chicago bankruptcy legislation

By Kristina Betinis, 21 January 2016

Plans to allow the city of Chicago and its school system to declare bankruptcy are part of an escalating attack on public education and all the rights of the working class.

Video shows another unarmed youth killed by Chicago police

By George Gallanis, 16 January 2016

The video, which has been concealed by the Chicago Police Department for three years, contradicts the official findings of the police.

Chicago police accused of threatening witnesses of Laquan Mcdonald shooting and falsifying accounts

By George Gallanis, 9 January 2016

Attorneys uncovered further evidence of a cover-up by the CPD while reading through recently released witness statements from the night of the shooting.

Chicago attorney resigns after judge rules he concealed evidence in police shooting case

By Alexander Fangmann, 7 January 2016

A Senior Corporation Counsel for the city resigned after a judge sanctioned him and overturned a jury verdict that found in favor of two police officers in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Worker crushed to death after wall collapses at Chicago Ford plant

By Marcus Day, 4 January 2016

One worker was killed and another critically injured Saturday after a concrete wall collapsed at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, the company’s oldest continually operating factory.

Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s police “reform”: Increased repression and cover-up

By Kristina Betinis, 4 January 2016

In the name of “reform” and in the midst of a deepening political crisis, Emanuel is planning to double the number of tasers employed by the police.

Three shot, two killed by Chicago police in one day

By Kristina Betinis, 28 December 2015

The shootings occur amid a crisis in the city following the exposure of a cover-up by the Emanuel administration of the police murder of 19-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Chicago area Coca-Cola workers enter fourth week of strike, face isolation by Teamsters

By George Gallanis, 22 December 2015

The Teamsters union, which represents 15,000 Coca-Cola workers, is isolating the 319 striking workers in order to block a wider fight.

The International Socialist Organization, police violence and the Democratic Party

By Marcus Day, 16 December 2015

The ISO has sought to obscure the class issues surrounding police murder in Chicago, promote racial politics and prevent a break with the Democratic Party.

Chicago teachers vote to authorize strike action

By Kristina Betinis, 15 December 2015

While teachers have repeatedly demonstrated their determination to fight, the Chicago Teachers Union is opposed to any struggle against the Democratic Party.

Notes on police violence in America

Chicago police officer accused of jamming gun down throat of suspect acquitted

By Gabriel Black, 15 December 2015

A notorious Chicago judge acquitted a veteran police officer Monday of official misconduct and aggravated battery, despite DNA evidence on his gun.

Chi-Raq: A satire of social life in Chicago

By George Marlowe, 14 December 2015

In Spike Lee’s latest film, young women in Chicago seek to end gang violence and social breakdown by means of a sex strike.

Illinois state attorney not pressing charges in Ronald Johnson killing

By Gabriel Black, 9 December 2015

A video released Monday shows 25-year-old Ronald Johnson fleeing as he is gunned down by police.

Public meeting in Chicago

The way forward in the fight against police violence

9 December 2015

On December 13, the Socialist Equality Party will hold a public meeting in Chicago on the political lessons of the brutal police murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and its cover-up.

Chicago police brutality and the Democratic Party

By Jerry White, 3 December 2015

The brutal police murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and the subsequent orchestrated cover-up lift the veil on the reality of class relations and class rule in the United States.

Chicago police chief fired as anger mounts over cover-up of police killings

By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2015

Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy in an effort to prevent further damage to his own position.

The conspiracy to cover up the police murder of Laquan McDonald

By Christopher Davion and Kristina Betinis, 30 November 2015

The statements of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other officials are aimed at obscuring their own role in covering up for the criminal actions of police officer Jason Van Dyke.

A police killing and a criminal conspiracy in Chicago, Illinois

By Patrick Martin, 26 November 2015

The brutal police murder of Laquan McDonald was followed by a line-up of the police, the political authorities, the media and the “civil rights” establishment to cover up the crime under a barrage of lies.

Protests erupt in Chicago after release of video showing police murder of 17-year-old

By Nick Barrickman and Joseph Kishore, 25 November 2015

The video release comes more than one year after the brutal killing of Laquan McDonald and in the face of a systematic cover-up by the Chicago Police Department and the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Thousands of Chicago teachers rally to defend jobs

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 November 2015

Teachers who have been working without a contract for five months were offered no way forward at Monday’s rally by the Chicago Teachers Union.

City of Chicago prepares crackdown on protests in advance of release of police murder video

By Kristina Betinis, 23 November 2015

On November 19, Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama ruled in favor of the release of dash camera video depicting an officer shooting an African-American youth 16 times.

Chicago Teachers Union holds mock strike vote as it prepares to back massive cuts

By Kristina Betinis, 14 November 2015

The teachers union has held so-called practice strike votes while working closely with the school board and the city to impose historic attacks on working conditions and benefits.

Colleges starved of funds as Illinois Democrats and Republicans orchestrate budget impasse

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 November 2015

As colleges and universities lay off workers and cut programs, Democrats and Republicans are conspiring on plans that could even involve suspending state support for the year.

Thousands “disappeared” at Chicago Police Homan Square black site

By George Marlowe, 29 October 2015

More than 7,000 people have been detained in the last decade at the Chicago Police Department’s secretive interrogation center.

Ahead of plans for 5,000 layoffs

ISO-led Chicago Teachers Union aligns itself with mayor against teachers

By Kristina Betinis, 27 October 2015

CTU Vice President and ISO member Jesse Sharkey’s statements and actions in relation to the contract talks are indistinguishable from those of any garden variety union sellout artist.

Former Chicago Schools head pleads guilty to federal fraud charge

By Kristina Betinis, 22 October 2015

Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s guilty plea provides some insight into the scale of the fraud committed under the guise of education reform in America's third-largest public school system.