Chicago area school stages strike workaround
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 11:07 Scott Olson/Getty Images Teacher Jillian Connolly helps her daughter Mary study math problems while picketing outside of the William H.Wells Community High School on Sept. 10, 2012 in Chicago, Ill. Lake Forrest High School in suburban Chicago is fighting its own striking teachers by running the school without them. Marketplace for Monday, September 17, 2012 Kai Ryssdal: The teachers' strike in Chicago entered its second week this morning. A tentative deal failed to attract enough union support over the weekend. This afternoon, Mayor Rahm Emanuel wasn't able to convince a state court to declare the strike illegal and force teachers back to the classroom. There's another teachers' strike -- one that's getting a lot less attention in the well-to-do north Chicago suburb of Lake Forest. Today, the district took the unusual step of holding classes anyway. From the education desk at WYPR, Marketplace's Amy Scott reports. Amy Scott: Lake Forest High School teachers ...
Employers embrace wellness plans
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 02:30 ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/GettyImages Men and women run on treadmills at a fitness gym. More employers, public and private, are including wellness plans in their benefits to help employees become more fit, lowering health insurance costs. Jeremy Hobson: Teachers in Chicago remain on strike today and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to the courts to try and end the walkout that's keeping some 350,000 students out of class. The main issue angering teachers is a new evaluation system the mayor is trying to implement; another point of dispute is health care. Teachers want the city to freeze prices on their insurance premiums. The city says OK, but the teachers would have to sign on to what's called a wellness program. Marketplace's Eve Troeh explains. Eve Troeh: Employers really want to spend less on employee health care. One of the best ways to do that is crazy obvious. Helen Darling: For people to be healthier. That's Helen Darling with the National Business Group on ...
Is It Time to Stop Green-Lighting Red-Light Cameras?
The number of local red-light camera contracts awarded around the country has exploded, from 155 in 2005 to 689 last year. The pitch to install the cameras is that it’s a win-win for municipalities, simultaneously saving them money while making intersections safer. But as red-light cameras spread, so does the skepticism. For more than a year now, grassroots groups around the country have been trying to get red-light cameras removed from intersections, or to at least stop towns and counties from expanding red-light programs. This isn’t just a bunch of drivers annoyed that they got tickets either. The worst accusations claim that the cameras might, in fact, increase the number of accidents at traffic lights—read-end collisions in particular—and that the systems for awarding contracts and handing out tickets are corrupt to the core. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that in June the city will be dropping its contract with Redflex, a Phoenix-based firm that operates 384 cameras ...
Chicago mayor asks banks to cut off gun makers
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday asked big banks to stop lending to gun makers as a way to pressure the industry to support tougher gun control laws.
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United States: Chicago Joins CFPB In Information-Sharing Partnership; City Takes Additional Measures - Foley & Lardner
In a first-of-its-kind partnership with a municipality, CFPB Director Richard Cordray and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel jointly announced a framework for sharing of information between the City and the CFPB.
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