Once again, the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools are at a crossroads. If they fail to reach a deal on a new contract, there will be budget cuts to each individual school. In a scramble to keep teachers employed, principals were forced to save as much money as possible and raise funds from families of the school children. Charter schools who are under CPS look to be losing an estimated amount of $13 million. The CEO of CPS has stated that the cuts are needed in order to stay afloat to pay the faculty and other expenses. The CEO is hoping that an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union will come soon in order to have the money to avoid laying teachers off. As Chicago Public schools try their best not to lay off teachers, it is becoming increasingly difficult to do so. The principals at each school have to manipulate their budgets as the cuts come out and will ultimately have to send teachers packing. It will be difficult for the schools to come back from cuts this extreme because of the loss in teachers and the loss in time teaching the students.
Young people can make a mark in life, if they only believe in themselves. Michael Tidmore has proven that the sky is the limit to what one can do for their community and society at large. Making a difference and changing the world is what this Chicago resident has done. Recently in January 2016, St. Bernard Hospital celebrated the 87th birthday of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event honored the great leader’s life and his civil rights legacy. However, at the celebration, Michael Tidmore was also honored. Why? A prestigious award was given to this young man for the restorative justice advocacy work he has been doing in his Chicago community of Englewood. Tidmore has exemplified to the youths at risk in the community that they, too, can turn their lives into something positive.
The Chicagoland area has been under so much scrutiny the past year and still is. Some people avoid the city all together. Which is understandable with all the violence, protesting, and government corruption going on. Not many people want to dive into the action. People residing in Chicago have said enough is enough, it is time for people to see the real Chicago. Changes in the city have already taken place and are actually bringing new residents and businesses to the area. Property levels are rising due to the city’s gentrification changes.
Urban legends can best be described as stories of questionable truth that have been passed down for generations. People believe in them wholeheartedly, even if they’re based on rumors or just plain made up, and part of the reason for that is because they’ve been making the rounds for so long. A nice handful of urban legends are set in or near Chicago or are at least believed to have originated there. Sit back to learn about a few of the most popular ones; whether or not there’s any truth to them is for you to decide.
Social activist Sandra Bland fought passionately for the rights of Black men and women against police brutality. An active member of the Chicago chapter of the national Black Lives Matter movement, the nation is demanding answers as to how Bland ended up dead earlier this year at the hands of Texas law enforcement.
Commander Glenn Evans from Chicago, who allegedly shoved his gun into a man’s mouth and then down his throat was acquitted of the horrific charges. A Cook County judge decided to also acquit the charges on two counts of aggravated battery and then also seven counts of misconduct.
Want to get into the storytelling scene, but you’re not sure where to start? Or maybe you’re a veteran on every storytelling stage in Chicago, but you want to freshen up your methods or explore something new. 2016 is your year to make it happen!
Whether you’re a veteran of the live literature and storytelling scene, a newcomer looking to find events to get started, or a spectator who loves a good story; here are some exciting upcoming events in the live lit/storytelling community of Chicago