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michael in chicago's Profile

Resident of IL-06. Teacher. Former union leader. Political consultant specializing in campaign branding and messaging.

Diaries published: 150 (1412 days since last diary on Fri Jul 22, 2011 at 08:15 AM PDT)

Comments posted: 2126 (495 days since last comment on Fri Jan 24, 2014 at 03:42 PM PST)

Diary frequency: often

Comment frequency: frequent

Total Recommends: 1621

Total Comment Ratings: 642

Most Recommended Diary: [UPDATED] Just Admit You Fucked Up, 252 comments, 411 recommends

People Following michael in chicago: 28

michael in chicago's Most Recent Diaries:

In this political environment where Republican hostage taking is all the rage, Illinois corporations are now regularly taking their employee's jobs hostage as they demand tax breaks from the state. ...
by michael in chicago
Comment Count 34 comments on Sat Jun 11, 2011 at 10:19 AM PDT with 5 Recommends
On Friday I wrote about the push by Republican Leader Tom Cross and Speaker Madigan, with the full support of the Commercial Club of Chicago, to violate the Illinois Constitution by passing a bill ...
by michael in chicago
Comment Count 6 comments on Mon May 30, 2011 at 03:47 PM PDT with 42 Recommends
Article VIII, Section 5 of the Illinois Constitution states the following in plain language regarding pensions of public workers like ...
by michael in chicago
Comment Count 131 comments on Fri May 27, 2011 at 08:09 PM PDT with 163 Recommends
So a long term research study finds that students who can't read well by third-grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school than their proficient peers. If you're a Republican in ...
by michael in chicago
Comment Count 35 comments on Sun Apr 17, 2011 at 01:08 PM PDT with 43 Recommends
Although this will come as a shock, offering incentives to teachers for increased student achievement - a concept referred to as "merit pay" - doesn't seem to produce the results the "reformers" ...
by michael in chicago
Comment Count 41 comments on Wed Mar 09, 2011 at 04:47 PM PST with 56 Recommends
Today Bill Gates, an obvious expert on education due to his background in education experience as a teacher billions of dollars, has written an op-ed in today's ...
by michael in chicago
Comment Count 42 comments on Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 03:39 PM PST with 21 Recommends

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