CHICAGO– Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is fed up with Governor Bruce Rauner and his opposition to a new education funding bill. Rauner is calling it a bailout for Chicago and unfair to taxpayers. But Chicago parents say they’re fed up with both the politicians who can’t seem to agree on anything.
“Rahm and Bruce need to stop pointing fingers at each other and take responsibility to fund our schools,” a parent said.
Students, parents and teachers found a unique way to sound off about funding Chicago Public Schools.
They set up on the 606 trail near Humboldt Park Boulevard with support from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association Thursday to call for less borrowing and more tax dollars for education.
Demonstrators arranged desks along the trail to draw attention to the issue.
They called for a progressive tax plan that includes releasing TIF funds and reinstating Chicago’s corporate head tax to generate more revenue for schools. They also called for ending teacher layoffs and canceled activities.
Of course CPS, and the city itself, is facing complicated fiscal challenges. With billions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities, CPS is borrowing $500 million dollars to help make ends meet.