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.
By Kristina Betinis, 1 April 2016
The most critical issue facing teachers is developing an independent struggle against the CTU-Democratic Party alliance
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
By Christopher Davion, 21 October 2015
McHenry High School District 156 teachers returned to work October 13 after being pressured to agree to a deal that includes two years without any base salary increase.
By Kristina Betinis, 3 September 2015
Police have responded to the shooting of an officer with a massive paramilitary manhunt, putting the town of Fox Lake, Illinois on lockdown.
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.