By Kristina Betinis, 21 August 2015
Jesse Sharkey, a leading member of the International Socialist Organization and the second in command at the CTU, is advising district officials on how best to enact mass layoffs.
By Kristina Betinis, 14 August 2015
The nation’s third largest school district has released an annual budget slashing jobs and spending, and demanding concessions from teachers.
By George Gallanis, 3 August 2015
A supervisor for Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority was fired last month after refusing to alter a report showing that three police officers had unjustifiably killed civilians.
By Alexander Fangmann, 27 July 2015
Following the May Illinois Supreme Court decision, the Cook County Circuit Court rejected the argument that a “guarantee” of funding provides a “net benefit” to workers.
By Kristina Betinis, 1 July 2015
As the contract expires for 28,000 teachers, the CTU is determined to prevent a struggle that could develop into a broader mobilization of public workers against budget cuts.
By Kristina Betinis, 11 June 2015
Two thousand Chicago teachers marched against the city's demand for cuts totaling 10 percent of current wages and benefits.
By Alexander Fangmann, 9 June 2015
Senate Bill 1229 would ban strikes by state employees through the duration of Governor Bruce Rauner’s term in office.
By Kristina Betinis, 2 June 2015
As the Chicago Teachers Union continues negotiations for a new contract, the head of Chicago Public Schools has stepped down amid a corruption scandal.
By Alexander Fangmann, 19 May 2015
The downgrade is intended to put additional pressure on the city to slash municipal workers’ pensions.
By George Marlowe, 18 May 2015
Reporters from the WSWS spoke to workers and youth about recent revelations of torture at Homan Square as well as the decaying social conditions in Chicago.
By David Brown, 16 May 2015
Further allegations have surfaced of sexual abuse and torture by the Chicago Police Department at the secret Homan Square interrogation facility.
By Kristina Betinis, 7 May 2015
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is using a largely manufactured budget crisis to demand a seven percent pay cut, higher health care payments and pension reductions from Chicago teachers.
By Eric London, 2 May 2015
Socialist Alternative, the International Socialist Organization, leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, and various Green and Democratic elected officials will gather this weekend in Chicago to discuss the possibility of a pseudo-left electoral alliance.
By George Marlowe, 28 April 2015
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has backed an absurdly small $5.5 million reparations fund for victims of torture under former police commander Jon Burge.
By George Marlowe, 22 April 2015
The courtroom erupted in outrage after a Cook County judge threw out all charges against police officer involved in a fatal shooting of Rekia Boyd.
By George Marlowe, 20 April 2015
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team called on auto workers at the Ford Chicago Assembly plant to take part in the International May Day 2015 Online Rally.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 April 2015
The first-ever runoff election for mayor in the city of Chicago resulted in a second term for current mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is preparing major cuts to pensions and city services.
By Kristina Betinis and Patrick Martin, 7 April 2015
The phony “populist” campaign of “Chuy” Garcia has been mounted, under conditions of mass disaffection from the two-party system, to head off the emergence of a politically independent movement of the working class.
By George Marlowe and George Gallanis, 6 April 2015
Workers and youth in Chicago speak out on deteriorating social conditions in the final days before the mayoral election runoff vote.
Chicago mayoral election rally
By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 4 April 2015
A rally held in the final days before Chicago’s runoff elections sought to rehabilitate the increasingly discredited Democratic Party and trade unions.
By Kristina Betinis, 2 April 2015
In the course of an hour-long debate, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia focused on how to resolve the fiscal problems of the city by cutting spending.
By Marcus Day, 24 March 2015
The April 7 runoff pits Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel against Jesus “Chuy” García, a long-time Democratic Party operative who has the backing of the International Socialist Organization.
By Kristina Betinis, 6 March 2015
While more victims of police torture at Homan Square have come forward, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his liberal Democratic challenger, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, have said nothing.
Amid low voter turnout
By Kristina Betinis, 26 February 2015
The election was a political debacle for both incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Obama.
By Evan Blake, 25 February 2015
The Guardian revealed the existence of a secret detention and interrogation building used by Chicago police to “disappear” prisoners.
By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 20 February 2015
The budget proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner, a hedge-fund multi-millionaire, demonstrates the savagery of Wall Street’s attack on the working class.
By Kristina Betinis, 13 February 2015
The new governor has halted payment of agency fees to public employee unions as part of a broader policy of budget cuts and austerity.
By Kristina Betinis, 5 February 2015
None of the challengers to Mayor Rahm Emanuel—all Democrats—represent the interests of working people or offer any opposition to his right-wing austerity policies.
By Jeff Lusanne, 28 January 2015
In response to plunging oil prices and falling steel demand worldwide, producers ArcelorMittal and US Steel have announced hundreds of layoffs in East Chicago, Indiana.
By Jeff Lusanne, 17 January 2015
Extreme cold in the Chicago region has amplified the precarious situation of the homeless and impoverished population in the region.
By Alexander Fangmann and Jerry White, 10 December 2014
The outcome of the “independent political” initiative of the CTU, promoted by the International Socialist Organization, is the endorsement of a capitalist politician who attacked jobs and pensions.
By Jeff Lusanne, 24 November 2014
Metra’s board of directors has approved a plan to raise fares 68 percent over the next 10 years.
After privatization of custodial services
By Christopher Davion, 18 October 2014
In spite of the reports, officials, backed by the SEIU, intend to proceed with the layoff of nearly 300 janitors.
By Kristina Betinis, 13 October 2014
The unions are backing Democratic Governor Quinn, who has attacked pensions and teachers.
By Marcus Day, 11 October 2014
The arrest of Mohammed Hamzah Khan at a Chicago airport last Saturday raises a number of questions about the degree of US intelligence involvement.
By Marcus Day and Jerry White, 11 October 2014
Jorge Mújica, a longtime Democratic Party activist, is running as an “independent socialist” candidate in next February’s election for Chicago City Council.
By Chris Davion and Jeff Lusanne, 16 September 2014
The hopelessness that violence and gang activity ultimately reflect can be understood only in relationship to the historical decline in working-class living standards in Chicago.
By Marcus Day, 9 September 2014
A fire on Chicago’s impoverished far South Side early Monday morning left four children dead and two adults in critical condition.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 July 2014
While the local and national media has reported on years-long epidemic of youth violence, there has been no effort to examine the deeper causes of this human tragedy in America’s third most populous city.
By Kristina Betinis, 27 June 2014
The layoffs affect more than 500 teachers and 650 assistants and school staff, in the latest attack on public education.
By Kristina Betinis, 19 June 2014
Two charter school companies connected to Democratic politicians face separate charges of lying to investors and misappropriating government funds.
By Alexander Fangmann and Kristina Betinis, 12 June 2014
Democratic Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill cutting the pensions of tens of thousands of Chicago workers by an estimated 20 percent.
By Jeff Lusanne and George Marlowe, 29 May 2014
Recent emails reveal that the producers of the documentary series Chicagoland worked closely with the Emanuel administration.
By Chris Davion, 27 May 2014
WSWS reporters recently spoke to Chicago-area residents about the impact of the tens of billions in food stamp cuts implemented over the past two years.
By Kristina Betinis, 13 May 2014
In an interview with Crain’s Chicago Business, CTU President Lewis offered to negotiate a cut to pensions for those teachers who have not yet retired.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US)
1 May 2014
The Socialist Equality Party denounces the politically motivated frame-up of the NATO 3, who were sentenced this week to prison terms of five to eight years.
By Kristina Betinis, 29 April 2014
In pressing for long prison sentences, Illinois state prosecutors compared the case to last year’s bombing of the Boston Marathon.
By Alexander Fangmann, 10 April 2014
New legislation backed by the Democratic Party and the unions will require more in contributions from city workers while cutting benefits.
By Christopher Davion, 11 March 2014
The elderly residents and homeless people who died this winter lacked access to the most basic necessities.
By Kristina Betinis, 20 February 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with striking faculty members and student supporters on the picket lines at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
By our reporters, 19 February 2014
On Tuesday, more than one thousand faculty members of the University of Illinois at Chicago went on strike for the first time in the school’s history.
By Christopher Davion, 12 February 2014
With heroin use having doubled in the US, the Chicago area has seen a sharp increase in heroin-related deaths, with the number of fatalities doubling in some suburbs.
Jury acquits on terrorism, convicts on lesser charges
By Alexander Fangmann and Kristina Betinis, 10 February 2014
The court proceedings revealed the role of police provocateurs in framing the men on terrorism charges.
By Alexander Fangmann, 5 February 2014
Chicago’s Democratic mayor, Rahm Emanuel, is escalating the attack on retiree benefits on the city and state level.
By Kristina Betinis, 20 January 2014
With the collaboration of other unions and pseudo-left organizations, the CTU has formed a new organization aimed at preventing a break with the big business political establishment.
By Christopher Davion, 7 January 2014
The sheriff in the county that includes Chicago evicted several residents who have been fighting to remain in their homes, one of whom died the following week.
By Jeff Lusanne, 11 November 2013
As grocery giant Safeway exits the Chicago market, dozens of stores are likely to close, threatening more than 5,600 layoffs on December 28th.
By Alexander Fangmann, 5 November 2013
Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget address to the city council outlined a series of job and benefit cuts.
By Alexander Fangmann, 17 October 2013
Health insurance subsidies for 30,000 workers, as well as their spouses and dependents, will be phased out over three years.
By Kristina Betinis, 16 October 2013
City leaders in Chicago plan to close additional public schools while opening new private charter schools.
By Christopher Davion, 18 September 2013
Recent police crackdowns and the closure of half of all area mental health facilities have brought the Cook County Jail population at its highest level in six years.
By Alexander Fangmann, 9 September 2013
Moody’s has downgraded public universities and local governments in Chicago and Illinois in order to force pension cuts.
By Andre Damon, 30 August 2013
K-12 students are returning to schools throughout the US with larger class sizes, reduced staffs, expanded standardized testing, and the gutting of arts and humanities programs.
Amid cuts and closures
By Jeff Lusanne and Kristina Betinis, 27 August 2013
The 2013 school year in Chicago begins with 50 fewer schools, 3,000 fewer teachers and staff, and sharply reduced classroom funding.
By Kristina Betinis, 16 August 2013
Jackson was sentenced to 30 months in prison by a federal judge in Washington, DC.
By Kristina Betinis, 24 July 2013
In the late evening hours of July 22, several Blackhawk helicopters flew low over central areas of the city of Chicago without any lights.
By Jeff Lusanne, 20 July 2013
On Friday, Chicago Public Schools laid of 2,113 more teachers and staff, bringing the total summer layoffs to 3,500 as the district implements the largest round of school closings in US history.
By Alexander Fangmann, 20 June 2013
On June 14, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced the first wave of layoffs—a total of 663 teachers, teaching assistants and aides—as part of the impending closure of 50 schools.
By Alexander Fangmann, 3 June 2013
The Sun-Times photographers were informed of their layoffs in a profoundly hostile manner despite years, in some cases decades, of work for the newspaper.
By Andre Damon, 30 May 2013
The announcement by the Chicago Board of Education last week that 49 of the city’s schools will shut down, in the largest school closing in US history, marks a new stage in the offensive against public education.
By Jake Dean, 28 May 2013
Ellie Rubenstein, a teacher from Highland Park, Illinois, submitted her resignation in a speech on YouTube last week.
By Kristina Betinis, 23 May 2013
The City of Chicago announced the closing of more than 49 public schools, facilitated by the Chicago Teachers Union and its political allies, including the International Socialist Organization.
By Alexander Fangmann, 18 May 2013
The Chicago Teachers Union, whose leaders include members of the International Socialist Organization, is seeking to stifle opposition to school closings by promoting racial politics.
By Alexander Fangmann and Kristina Betinis, 27 April 2013
The US Department of Defense conducted urban warfare training drills in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Parkon this week, including the use of explosives to train soldiers in the raiding of homes and other structures.
By Kristina Betinis and Jeff Lusanne, 10 April 2013
The overwhelming majority of those hit by the shutdown of public schools in Chicago come from poor and low-income families.
Protest against school closures in Chicago
By Jeff Lusanne and Shane Feratu, 29 March 2013
The school closure plan—one of the largest in US history—is the direct outcome of the CTU's betrayal of the teachers strike.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 27 March 2013
This statement is being distributed at a demonstration of Chicago teachers today.
By a WSWS reporting team, 26 March 2013
On March 21, the city of Chicago announced the closure of 61 public schools and the “turnaround” of 6 others, where all teachers and staff are fired and school management is privatized.
By Alexander Fangmann, 25 March 2013
The announcement of plans to shut down 61 schools in Chicago, Illinois marks a new stage in the social counterrevolution in America.
By Shane Feratu, 23 March 2013
The elimination of 13 percent of Chicago public school buildings is one of the largest mass school closures in US history.
By Kristina Betinis, 23 March 2013
After the closure of 61 schools was announced by the Chicago public schools district, Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis made clear that the union supports shutting schools.
16 March 2013
Chicago parents and students speak on the need for a struggle to defend public education.
By Kristina Betinis, 9 March 2013
In whitewashing the betrayal of the Chicago teachers strike by the Chicago Teachers Union, the ISO seeks above all to cover up its own role in preparing the subsequent school shutdowns.
By Jeff Lusanne, 22 February 2013
The recent spate of violence in Chicago has prompted protests calling for the reinstatement of adult trauma care at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
By Kristina Betinis, 18 February 2013
Hundreds of parents, students and teachers have attended meetings in Chicago, Illinois on the imminent closure of over 100 schools.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 14 February 2013
The SEP calls for the independent mobilization of the entire working class to oppose all school closings.
By Alexander Fangmann, 30 January 2013
The ratings agency Standard & Poor’s dropped Illinois’ credit to worst in the US, paving the way for Democrats to launch an assault on retired workers’ pensions and health care plans.
By Shane Feratu and Alexander Fangmann, 22 January 2013
Over 506 people were killed in Chicago in 2012, three in four of them youth.
By Alexander Fangmann, 19 December 2012
Two recent reports reveal the extent of redistribution of city tax revenues to corporate interests while cuts to services deepen.
By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2012
Anyone who may still harbor illusions that the International Socialist Organization has anything to do with socialism should take a look at the video of ISO leader Jesse Sharkey’s appearance on Chicago Tonight.
By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 27 November 2012
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Schools district (CPS) are moving ahead with plans to close as many as 120 public schools, and open up 60 new charter schools over the next few years. About 140 schools have been identified by the district as half-empty, and are expected to be the first targeted for closure. The closings would eliminate the jobs of thousands of teachers and school support staff.
By Jeff Lusanne, 24 November 2012
CTA has announced steep fare hikes for riders who use passes, while the need for service improvements and major infrastructure upgrades continues to go unmet.
By Shane Feratu and James Brewer, 14 November 2012
Following the sellout of the Chicago teachers' strike last September, suburban teachers have been hit with concessions contracts.
By Kristina Betinis, 12 November 2012
The city of Chicago’s first job fair was quickly revealed to be a media stunt, with more than 3,000 workers lining up to apply online for 55 positions.
By Alexander Fangmann, 15 October 2012
In a speech to the city council, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to lead an assault on teacher and public worker pensions by spearheading statewide pension “reform.”
By Kristina Betinis, 9 October 2012
Since the Chicago Teachers Union ended their 10-day strike, teachers have been issued short paychecks or no pay at all, but the union has still deducted dues.
By Shane Feratu, 4 October 2012
Classes were canceled Tuesday after negotiations between the union and Evergreen Park school board fell through on Monday night.
By Kristina Betinis, 24 September 2012
Chicago Symphony Orchestra players have struck over management’s concessions demands.
By Jerry White and Joseph Kishore, 21 September 2012
Chicago teachers returned to work on Wednesday after the House of Delegates voted to end their strike. For nine days, the 26,000 teachers waged a courageous struggle in defense of public education. The fight pitted teachers not only against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but the Obama administration, both big business parties and, most importantly, the Chicago Teachers Union itself.
By Joseph Kishore, 19 September 2012
The Chicago Teachers Union succeeded in obtaining a vote by 800 delegates who met Tuesday evening to end the nine-day strike.