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Bob Simpson: Is the Fight for $15 Making Unions Cool Again?

"I think what's very amazing about this campaign and what a lot of people have not really talked about is that it is making the union movement cool again." — Lorraine Chavez of Fight for 15  It was a warm late August afternoon when I got to Federal Plaza in Chicago for the most recent Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Chicagoans go to court to stop racist school closings

"Since 2001, defendants have carried out school closings so as to contribute to a form of racial and economic segregation, as destructive as older forms of intentional racial segregation."— McDaniel v. Board of Education of Chicago; the lawsuit goes to trial this week. Tuesday at 10:00am until Friday at 1:00pm at the Dirkson Federal Building. Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Is the Mob cleaning up at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport?

Mayor Emanuel's latest O'Hare Airport janitorial contract seems to be coming with pinkie rings and tailored silk suits attached. Yes, City Hall is reaching out to the Outfit again, renewing a friendship that dates back at least to Mayor Big Bill Thompson of the Prohibition Era. Thompson's heart went all aflutter when he heard the Read more…

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Bob Simpson: The New Chicago School Budget Strangles Public Education

When you wage war on the public schools, you’re attacking the mortar that holds the community together. You’re not a conservative, you’re a vandal.” —Garrison Keeler   The 2013 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) budget received a resounding thumbs down at a community forum held at Malcolm X College on the West Side the evening of Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Fer Cryin’ Out Loud!

Press 1 for English. Para español oprima numero dos.   When some Americans hear that recorded message they go ballistic. It’s as if a perfect stranger walked up to them on the street and insulted their mother, their spouse, their children, their dog, their goldfish and their entire ancestry going back to Adam and Eve. Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Are declining home prices always such a bad thing?

  It’s been a cool breezy summer here in Oak Park IL. Not so good for the beach, but delighful for long walks and bike rides. The overpriced condos are popping up like toadstools after a gentle rain and the homeless can beg for money in relative comfort. I had just returned from a bike Read more…

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Bob Simpson: How to Squeeze the Fun Out of an Apple

Once upon a time there were two Steves: The two Steves were a couple of geeky kids who liked to play in the garage. One Steve was an engineering genius. The other Steve was a marketing genius. Steve the engineering genius built a computer called the Apple I. It was fun showing it off to Read more…

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