FROM Joel Weisman
Chicago Teachers Strike Leaves 350,000 Students without School Marathon negotiations began last November, but they broke down yesterday and today some 26,000 teachers are on strike in Chicago. Classes have been cancelled for more than 350,000 students. Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff, is the Mayor who hand-picked the school board. This is the first strike in America's third largest school system in 25 years. Joel Weisman is host of Chicago Week in Review on public television station WTTW, Channel 11.
Blagojevich Vows to Break Silence as Impeachment Process Begins As the state legislature considers impeachment, Rod Blagojevich today went out for a jog. Telling reporters less than he wanted to, the Illinois Governor said he was eager to tell his side of the story to the people of Chicago, but that there was "a time and place for everything." President-elect Barack Obama addressed speculation in the press, saying that he is "abiding by the request of the US attorneys office" adding that he expected to have answers available next week. Joel Weisman is host of the public TV program Chicago Tonight .
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Taken into Federal Custody Governor Ron Blogojevich was arrested this morning on federal corruption charges , including that he tried to sell his power to appoint Barack Obama's successor to the US Senate. US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said that, despite the charges against him, the Illinois Democratic still has the power to appoint Obama's successor. Joel Weisman hosts the public television program, Chicago Week in Review.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?