Racist rants from city employee to cost taxpayers $560,000

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This is from The Chicago Sun Times.

The Obama Media says that only the Tea Party members are the racists.

The Obama media says only the DemocRats are sensitive to minorities needs.

Then again the media is full of the stuff Bess Truman spent thirty years trying

to get Harry to call fertilizer.

Cash-strapped Chicago will spend $560,000 to compensate women victimized by the racist and sexist behavior of a Department of Transportation honcho whose uncle is a former Northwest Side congressman.

Joseph Annunzio was working as a $77,148-a-year CDOT supervisor when he was accused of calling female co-workers “bitches,” using the n-word, “mambo” and “Magilla the Gorilla” to address African Americans and for referring to immigrants as “f—ing foreigners.”

The nephew of former U.S. Rep. Frank Annunzio (D-Ill.) was further accused of parading around at an office holiday party with a red tablecloth over his head while calling himself the “grand wizard,” a title used by the leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

Ronda Mooney is one of the CDOT employees who will share in the settlement.

“It’s not the money — it’s the principle,” Mooney said Thursday. “We are all human. We should be treated with respect. To be violated like that, it was like we didn’t count. It was not right. It was not fair.”

Mooney, 50, of Chicago, said she continues to work as a senior data entry operator for CDOT.

Since Annunzio was fired, “it’s been much calmer,” she said.

Annunzio could not be reached for comment.

Then-Inspector General David Hoffman originally investigated the allegations and recommended that Annunzio be fired.

A hearing officer concurred, only to have the Human Resources Board overrule the firing and substitute a seven-month suspension on grounds that, while 11 co-workers did testify, targets of the “most egregious allegations” did not.

Hoffman then urged the city’s Law Department to appeal the case to overturn a decision that he warned could “seriously chill reporting of racism and sexism in city workplaces” — particularly when it involves supervisors “perceived to have clout.”

Ironically, the original complaint against Annunzio was filed by a woman with her own clout.

Patty Young was the girlfriend of William Beavers, the former Chicago alderman and Cook County commissioner who was recently sentenced to six months in prison after being convicted on federal tax evasion charges.

A circuit court judge upheld Annunzio’s firing. So did the Illinois Appellate Court.

In the sharply worded lower court ruling, then-Judge Leroy Martin Jr. wrote, “The record is replete with evidence that . . . Annunzio repeatedly made racist, derogatory and disparaging remarks” about underlings.

On Friday, the City Council’s Finance Committee is scheduled to approve a $560,000 settlement for Young, Donna Smith, Mooney and other women victimized by Annunzio’s racist and sexist behavior.

In a 2007 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Annunzio acknowledged using vulgarity to get his points across to underlings. He also admitted that his use of the word “foreigners” to describe immigrants may have been insensitive.

But Annunzio insisted that he never once made racist, sexist or other demeaning remarks to co-workers. And he said the infamous tablecloth incident was made up out of whole cloth to get rid of him for cracking the whip.

At the time, Annunzio offered to take a lie detector test to prove his innocence.

“They accused me of jumping up and down like a monkey and wearing red hoods. They said it happened in one office, then in another office, then down the hall. It never happened,” he said at the time.

“It’s crazy. That’s why the stories are totally inconsistent.”

The $560,000 only adds to the mountain of settlement costs piled onto Chicago taxpayers in recent years.

The Sun-Times reported last month that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has shelled out $169 million to settle lawsuits against the city — $77.4 million of it this year alone — nearly triple the amount paid by the city during the final two years of former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration.

Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton attributed the spike at a time when the city can least afford it to two factors: Daley’s decision to “put the brakes” on settlements and Emanuel’s desire to cut the city’s losses and settle early cases taxpayers were destined to lose.

The tab under Emanuel rises to $247.4 million when you factor in the $78.4 million Chicago borrowed last year to compensate 6,000 African-American would-be firefighters bypassed by the city’s discriminatory handling of a 1995 entrance exam.

The Law Department did not include those damages in its response to the Sun-Times’ Freedom of Information request on grounds that it stemmed from “a court ruling — not a case we decided to settle” and because the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision pre-dated Emanuel.



Texas senator reaches out to big banks, gun-makers pressured by Rahm Emanuel

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This is from Fox News Politics.

Texans are telling these banks they do have to put up thugs.

Texans are letting banks know that freedom dos still exist.

Senator Ted Cruz(R-Tx.) is one of the new young lions in Congress.



Feeling bullied by Rahm Emanuel? Bring your business down to Texas.

That’s the message Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is sending big banks and firearms companies, after the Chicago mayor urged those banks to stop lending to the gun manufacturers.

The freshman senator sent a letter Tuesday to the CEOs of Bank of America and TD Bank Group offering up the Lone Star State as a place where they could do business without hassle from the government. He said he understands that, since they do “considerable business” with Chicago, they might be worried about the “risks” of not complying with Emanuel’s request.

“In light of the reception you have received in the Windy City, please know that Texas would certainly welcome more of your business and the jobs you create,” Cruz wrote in his Jan. 29 letter. “Texans value jobs and value freedom, and over 1,000 people a day are moving to Texas (often from cities like Chicago), because Texas is where the jobs are.”

He also sent letters to the CEO of Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. — writing that “should Emanuel’s bullying campaign prove successful, I am confident that there are numerous financial institutions in Texas that would be eager to earn your business.”

Last week, Emanuel appealed to the banks to stop lending to the gun manufacturers because the companies oppose limitations on gun rights.

In his letter Tuesday, Cruz said those businesses should not be intimidated by Emanuel.

“We do not accept the notion that government officials should behave as bullies, trying to harass or pressure private companies into enlisting in a political lobbying campaign,” Cruz said. “And we subscribe to the notion, quaint in some quarters, that private companies don’t work for elected officials; elected officials work for private citizens.”

Calls to Emanuel for comment have not been returned.

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Emanuel To Banks: Stop Supporting Gun Makers

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This is from CBS 2 Chicago.


Rahm Dead Fish Emmanuel is using Chicago thug tactics.

Emmanuel is a disciple of the Chicago thugs Big Bill Thompson and Emperor Daley.


CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is putting more pressure on gun makers to get behind his push for an assault weapons ban and criminal background checks for gun purchasers.

This time, he wants to go after their bottom line.

Emanuel is pushing two major financial institutions to stop their financial backing of gun makers, unless those companies support “commonsense reforms, including requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales.”

The mayor is urging that banks to stop lines of credit, financing for acquisitions and expansions and financial advising.

In a letter sent Friday to the CEOs of Bank Of America and TD Bank, Emanuel said: “In the past, the gun industry has stood in opposition to these safety measures. They opposed a ban on assault weapons on America’s streets, opposed a ban on military-style clips, opposed a criminal background check on all gun purchases and opposed any effort to crack down on criminal gun traffickers.”

In the letter, Emanuel says TD Bank offers a $60 million line of credit to Smith & Wesson, which produces the AR-15. That is the weapon used by James Holmes in the Aurora, Colo., theater massacre that killed 12 people. Emanuel wrote.

Emanuel told CEO Bharat Masrani “to use your influence to push this company to find common ground” on an assault weapons ban and gun background checks.

In a separate letter, Emanuel urged Bank Of America CEO Brian T. Moynihan to do the same thing with Sturm, Ruger & Co., which has a $25 million line of credit with the bank.

“Collectively we can send a clear and unambiguous message to the entire gun industry that investors will no longer financially support companies that support gun violence,” Emanuel wrote.

Last week, Emanuel ordered a portfolio analysis from the five pension and retirement funds for Chicago employees to determine if fund managers hold financial interests in companies that manufacture or sell assault weapons.

This week, the Chicago Municipal Employees Annuity and Benefit Fund (MEABF) board voted to divest more than $1 million from three companies that manufacture assault weapons – Freedom Group, Smith and Wesson and Sturm Ruger.



Chicago has tough gun laws, but leads nation in gun violence

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This is from Fox News Politics.

DemocRats run Chicago, Detroit,Washington D.C. and New York City.

They have the harshest gun laws in place and have major gun violence.

Their draconian gun laws are a failure.

 An unarmed man is a subject.

An armed man is a citizen.

Any night can explode into gunfire in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy knows that well. On New Year’s Eve, he went on patrol there with one of his officers, as he occasionally does, and seized an illegal gun from a car during a routine traffic stop.

It was just one in a sea of weapons the end up in Chicago’s South Side and West Side, more often then not with the serial numbers filed off.

Last year, the city hit 506 homicides, and this year, killings again are stacking up at a rate faster than one a day.

“I’ve had eight cops shot in the last year and a half that I’ve been here,” McCarthy said. “Somebody’s got to do something about it besides putting ourselves [Chicago police officers] in harm’s way.”

He and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are in sync in their push for new gun laws and are getting support from state lawmakers in Springfield. The Public Health Committee of the state Senate rapidly approved bills that would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines during the lame-duck session.

The legislation is moving quickly, riding a wave of emotion triggered by the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The timing is in keeping with the stated philosophy of Emanuel that we should use times of crisis to mobilize people and demand change.

“As somebody who stood by President Clinton’s side to make sure we had a ban on assault weapons, I do not want to see more weapons on the street,” Emanuel said.

However, McCarthy acknowledged aiming at assault weapons misses the mark when dealing with Chicago’s gang violence. The weapon used is generally a handgun and rarely is it purchased through legal channels. McCarthy wants to target straw purchasing, which is when legal gun buyers will purchase a weapon and then let it loose in the illegal market.

“You buy ten 9 millimeters, then you walk out the door and you give them to whoever you want,” McCarthy said. “There is no accountability. Then, in a year, we recover your gun in a shooting, you say, ‘well I lost it.’ … That’s the end of it. There’s nothing we can do about it.”

He is pushing for a law that puts the burden back on the gun owner to report if a weapon is lost, stolen or sold. Emanuel is pushing for a database of gun offenders, very similar to those established for sex offenders.

Gun rights advocates are not in their corner. Don Moran, president of the Illinois State Rifle Association, thinks new laws will not make a dent in the violence. The illegal guns are already out there. The people buying and shooting them with reckless abandon won’t even learn that the gun laws exist, let alone respect them.

Moran thinks Illinois politicians are only pushing gun laws to create a debate and distraction from the huge fiscal problems in Illinois.

“The bigger the problems they have to solve, and the harder the media would take a look at those things, the harder they want you to look at something else,” he said.

Although the gun laws are moving quickly through the Illinois legislature, the lame duck session ends Wednesday. McCarthy worries that the emotion supporting the new laws will die down while the opposition has time to grow.

“My fear is that it’s already slowing … and nothing is going to come of it, just like nothing came of Columbine or Virginia Tech.”

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Chicago Shootings Spike 49% In November Despite Strict Gun Laws

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This is from CNSNews.

If the residents of Chicago had Second Amendment rights this would stop.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has armed bodyguards.

So why can’t the residents of Chicago be armed to defend themselves?


There were 192 shootings in Chicago throughout the month of November – a 49 percent increase from a year earlier – according to police records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

In November of 2011, Chicago recorded 129 shootings compared to the 192 shootings this November.  Police records also reveal that shootings increased more than 11 percent in the first 11 months of 2012 compared with a year earlier.

Total homicides in Chicago rose to 480 for the first eleven months of 2012; a 21 percent increase from last year.  On November 30, 2012, there were four fatal shootings within the city.  These murders brought the homicide total to 38 for the month, just above the 37 recorded in November of last year.

Despite having some of the strictest gun laws in the country, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans on restricting gun ownership further by banning individuals with a violent misdemeanor conviction from getting a gun permit for five years.  The mayor also hopes to ban convicted felons from ever owning a gun.

Emanuel’s intentions are no doubt well intentioned, but like many cities with strict gun laws, the disarming of law-abiding citizens doesn’t remove guns from the hands of those who wish to do harm.  On the contrary, it often leaves innocent victims vulnerable to criminals. previously reported that a gun-rights group said that Mayor Emanuel bears some responsibility for the murder rate because of the strict gun-control laws there:

“Rahm Emanuel has some blood on his hands,” said Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, in a statement.

“He and the city council have done everything possible to prevent law-abiding Chicago residents from exercising their restored Second Amendment rights in the two years since the Supreme Court’s landmark McDonald ruling.”

In June 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against a handgun ban in the city of Chicago in McDonald v. Chicago.

Four days later however, the Chicago City Council adopted the Responsible Gun Owners Ordinance.  This requires prospective gun owners to take a firearm safety course at a gun range in order to obtain a permit to own a gun in a home.   The city also placed a virtual ban on gun ranges.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says that the Chicago City Council has been blocking Chicagoans from obtaining handguns and range-training; the result being that law-abiding citizens are left defenseless.



Chicago teachers strike continues, Emanuel says he will sue to force end

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This is from The Chicago Tribune,

Has Rahm”The Ballerina” Emanuel finally grown a pair?

Sadly something about this is not passing the smell test.

I hope Mayor Emanuel holds the unions feet to the fire.


Chicago Public Schools will remain closed until at least Wednesday, as union leaders continue to mull over a proposed contract and the mayor threatens to seek a court injunction to force teachers back to work.
The teachers union’s House of Delegates refused to halt the walk out this afternoon after members signaled they needed additional time to digest the details of the deal.  The potential for 120 school closings in the coming years, first reported by the Tribune, is among the concerns.

“They’re not happy with the agreement. They’d like it to be a lot better for us than it is,” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said.

In response to the strike’s extension, Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the teachers union in a statement for failing to end the work stoppage and said he plans to seek an injunction to force the walk to end and get kids back to school.

“I will not stand by while the children of Chicago are played as pawns in an internal dispute within a union. This was a strike of choice and is now a delay of choice that is wrong for our children. Every day our kids are kept out of school is one more day we fail in our mission: to ensure that every child in every community has an education that matches their potential,” Emanuel said.

“I have instructed the City’s Corporation Counsel to work with the General Counsel of Chicago Public Schools to file an injunction in circuit court to immediately end this strike and get our children back in the classroom.” the mayor said.

“This continued action by union leadership is illegal on two grounds – it is over issues that are deemed by state law to be non-strikable, and it endangers the health and safety of our children…While the union works through its remaining issues, there is no reason why the children of Chicago should not be back in the classroom as they had been for weeks while negotiators worked through these same issues.”

The delegates want to take the tentative contract to the rest of the members, talk it over, and return on Tuesday to vote on whether to end the work stoppage. Union leaders will not be continuing contract negotiations over the next few days, although they will be continuing to work on the language of the contract agreement, which had not been finished as of Sunday, Lewis said.

The vote on the strike is planned for Tuesday, not Monday, because of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

The union’s more than 700 delegates have the authority to formally end the strike but not to approve the contract. The union’s full membership of roughly 26,000 teachers and paraprofessionals presumably will have an opportunity to vote on the contract in the coming weeks.

The strike’s extension clearly bothers some CPS parents, especially those who have scrambled to find child care and keep their children occupied during the work stoppage. The latest development seems even more upsetting to some families, given union leadership had offered the impression that Sunday’s vote was a formality and classes would resume Monday.

“It’s very frustrating,” said parent Humberto Ramirez of the Jefferson Park neighborhood. “We all kind of put everything on hold in finding different ways to watch the kids and keep them entertained. It’s been very, very frustrating, especially knowing that earlier (this week) that they were close, that they were simply going to be putting it to a vote. It certainly sounded as though they were very, very, close and they were simply then dotting their I’s and crossing their T’s.”

The decision to stay on strike came at the end of a nearly three-hour meeting this afternoon in Chinatown, where delegates were briefed on the tentative agreement between union leaders and Chicago Public Schools. The two sides, which had been engaged in tense contract negotiations for 10 months, announced Friday that they had the framework for a new contract.

“There is no reason why our kids cannot be in school while the union reviews the agreement,” Chicago Public Schools Board President David Vitale said at a news conference.

“It has now become a delay of choice,” he said, echoing the mayor’s harsh rhetoric. “Our kids cannot be used as pawns in internal union disagreements.”

The proposed deal calls for a three-year contract, with an option for a fourth year that both the district and union must agree to. There would be 3 percent raises in years one and four, and 2 percent raises in years two and three, according to the union.

So-called “step and lane” increases, raises given out for years of service and continuing education, would be preserved under the contract, according to the union. And the three highest steps would be increased.

The union also said it had come to an agreement with CPS officials on the sticky issues of performance reviews and teacher recall when schools close. Standards for teacher evaluations that could lead to firings would be eased, and some higher-rated teachers could get a better shot at being recalled after layoffs, sources said.

By refusing to call off the strike, the union continues months of public sparring between union leaders and the mayor, whose school reform agenda centered on lengthening what had been among one of the shortest public school days in the country.

To build momentum early on, the mayor offered cash incentives for schools whose teachers defied the union by voting to opt out of their contracts and extend the school day a year before it would be implemented across the district.

At the same time Emanuel was promoting a longer school day, he endorsed rescinding the four-percent raises owed teachers in their current deal, saying it was necessary to close CPS’ estimated $750 million budget gap.
Emanuel’s tough talk on education reform and his willingness to work with national groups whose reform efforts undermined organized labor, galvanized the teachers union and its members. Joined by members of Chicago’s Occupy movement, union teachers staged school sit-ins, picketed school board meetings, and chanted “fight” and “strike” in a rally of thousands at the city’s downtown Auditorium Theater in May.

Weeks later, more than 90 percent of the union’s 25,000-plus members authorized a strike if a new contract could not be reached.


Teachers strike heads to Day Two; Board chief tells union ‘we should resolve this’ Tuesday

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This is from The Chicago Sun Times

This strike is meant to embarrass Rahm the ballerina and Obama.

Because as DemocRats they both owe their souls to the unions.

The strike is a power play to be able to keep poor teachers.

The union has already turned down 16% worth of raises.

The union will not allow teacher evaluations to weed out poor teachers.

The poor performing teachers get protected.

While teacher’s that excel in their jobs get a black eye from the slackers.

Chicago braced for Day Two of a teacher strike Tuesday, with teachers buoyed by a boisterous first day of picketing and contract talks side-stepping what Mayor Rahm Emanuel identified as the two major sticking points.

School Board President David Vitale left the first post-strike talks Tuesday at 6:40 p.m., saying CPS officials had told the union “We should resolve this tomorrow. We are close enough.’’

However, Vitale conceded negotiators did not even attack what the mayor contended are the two biggest issues in the nine-month dispute: job security and teacher evaluations.

“The union said they were not ready for discussion on those particular issues,’’ said Vitale, leaving behind other Chicago Public School negotiators to continue talks late into the night on “technical issues.’’

Vitale said both sides made proposals, and that they would be analyzed overnight.

“We’re working at this, but this is hard work,” Vitale said. “We want to get this resolved. We want our kids back in school.”


Hours earlier, thousands of striking Chicago teachers flooded the Loop, rallying for a new contract on Day One of the first Chicago teachers strike in 25 years.

Police estimated the crowd at 5,000 to 7,000.

A river of red-shirted teachers, waving banners and chanting, clogged South Clark Street during their march from Chicago Public Schools headquarters to City Hall.

A frequent chant: “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Rahm Emanuel has got to go!”

One of many who expressed delight at the turnout was Susan Kang, a teacher at Sumner Elementary.

“It’s really amazing,’’ said Kang. “This is what we were hoping for — that we’d come out strong and send a message to the [Chicago School] Board and Rahm Emanuel that they can’t just bully us around.’’

Some teachers who had walked picket lines outside their schools earlier in the day brought their kids in strollers to the march on City Hall.

The intersection of Clark and Monroe turned into a knot of solid red, clogged with so many people it was hard to move. The constant beat of drums and muffled chants gave the scene almost a carnival atmosphere. And more people kept pouring into the area.

Gisele Anderson, 10, held up a sign that read: “Treat my dad with respect.” Gisele’s father is a teacher at Owen Scholastic Academy.

“We don’t want to strike,” said Gisele’s father, Eric Anderson. “My daughters are both CPS students. As a teacher and a parent, it’s tough for us as well. We have to figure out child care just like everybody else. So we’d like to see this resolved.”

Drawing attention

The strike that stilled the classrooms of the nation’s third-largest school system also drew national attention Monday.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he was “disappointed” in the union for turning its back on negotiations, and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) urged both sides back to the negotiating table.

On the education front, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing took up the CTU’s cause.

FairTest policy analyst Lisa Guisbond called Chicago’s strike “the tip of the iceberg of teacher frustration with so-called ‘reform’ policies, which place the blame on educators for problems largely caused by the impoverished settings in which their students must live.”

Sunday night, Emanuel blasted the walkout as “a strike of choice’’ in a hastily called news conference at the Harold Washington Library.

On Monday, he urged both sides to “stay at the table and finish it for our children.” In particular, he backed the board’s offer on what to do with laid off teachers, insisting that principals needed the power to pick their own school teams.

“If we’re gonna hold our local principals in the school accountable for getting the results we need, they need to pick the best qualified [teachers],” the mayor said.

However, CTU officials said the board was not being fair to teachers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. And they feared that number will be on a constant increase, amid CPS plans to close more schools and create more charters that do not hire CTU teachers.

The CTU also considers the board’s teacher evaluation system as unfair to teachers.

Monday morning, teachers showed up in force on picket lines as parents dropped their children off at 144 contingency elementary and high schools across the city, as well as at parks, libraries and YMCAs.

Many parents expressed frustrations with CPS and Emanuel, while aldermen were virtually unanimous in blaming the union.

Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) brought his son to work Monday as he headed to a third-floor meeting room at City Hall to get briefed on the strike.

Maldonado blamed the union as he walked into the briefing room with his 7-year-old son, Roberto II, carrying a backpack.

“This is the effect of the union right now,” Maldonado, whose wife had the couple’s two other children Monday.

“We’re lucky enough that is not that much of a hardship on us, But it’s a hardship on the kids.”

“The reason that they decided to go on strike is a stretch,” he continued. “If there are no challenges in terms of the financial aspects of the negotiations and the only hang-up is the thing about imposing upon principals to hire laid-off teachers. … I need to give [the principal] the flexibility to hire who they perceive to be the best teachers. That’s just logical.”

At Lane Tech High School on the Northwest Side, more than 200 teachers marched along Addison and Western, chanting and prompting numerous motorists to honk their car horns in support. A CTA bus joined the loud chorus of horns, and a Chicago Police car turned on its lights as it went past.

Steve Parsons, the lead picket who teaches AP psychology at the high school, said Monday: “It’s all up to Mayor Emanuel. We all want to go back to the classrooms. The mayor is not valuing our opinions as educators.”

Honking horns of support also greeted the dozens of pickets at Curie High School on the Southwest Side.

Curie’s union delegate, Adam Heenan, who was up until 2 a.m. preparing for the strike, was outside Curie at 6:30 a.m. Monday. He said teachers were “prepared to strike again tomorrow and prepared to go back to the classrooms tomorrow — that’s what we do, we prepare.”

“This is new for everybody,” he said.

About 30 students walked past their picketing teachers to show up at Hefferan on the West Side.

That was down from a typical attendance of 260, Principal Jacqueline Hearns said.

At Mount Greenwood Elementary on the Southwest Side, the Ohse family — including Keira, 6, Katie, 4, and Connor, 1 — arrived wearing red T-shirts in support of the striking teachers.

“We have two kids here at Mt. Greenwood,” said Barb Ohse, standing with her husband, Rory, “and we’re both union with the fire department, and we’re firm believers in the rights of the students and teachers. It’s all about the good working conditions and being compensated for the hard work you do.”

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