Illinois Update 6-2-18: Education, Chicago-style

  • The mother-of-all-scandals at CPS revealed in a Tribune special report

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel is being forced to answer for yet another Chicago Public Schools (CPS) scandal: sexual abuse of students in schools, reported on in detail yesterday by the Chicago Tribune. Reports by students of abuse were concealed by administrators and those in charge of investigating complaints for years. Continue reading “Illinois Update 6-2-18: Education, Chicago-style”


HEJE Overview 6-1-18


Risks of crop-dusting were sensed before Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”

After World War II, when industrial farming really started to gain ground, there were three parties to the widespread use of pesticides in American agriculture: scientists who helped develop and evaluate them; the pilots who applied them, and the chemical companies which mass-produced, marketed, and profited from them. Continue reading “HEJE Overview 6-1-18”

Note to readers 5-8-18

To our readers:

DeedSpeakOut is in a transition right now as we gear up to begin posting more original work. Please be patient with us while we prepare for the blog’s “next stage.”

In the meantime, you can check out DeedSpeakOut’s Facebook page (open), where we post several times a day, in the same areas this site covers (Health – Environment – Justice – Education + ILLINOIS, lots of Illinois) together with brief summaries and observations, pretty much in the same style as the blog.

If you enjoy the posts on the FB page (, please recommend it to friends, especially those interested in policy news/ updates.

Also: we’d welcome suggestions from readers about what you’d like to read about in future, what sorts of policy issues seem to merit longer discussions.

The long-term goal of DeedSpeakOut is to develop a genuine dialogue with our readers, with lots of substantive discussion (and links to further reading for us all).

In the meantime, our best to all – and remember, the blog’s Facebook page is also open to reader comments.

Coffee Break 3-8-18: A Tale of Two Stories

A Tale of Two (News) Stories


“Nearly a month ago, Rauner infamously declared that he ‘would not do anything different’ in the aftermath of a Legionnaires’ outbreak at the Quincy Veterans’ Home. Since then four residents have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ and new reports keep raising questions about Rauner’s response to the crisis.

Yesterday, Rauner’s administration dodged a legislative committee who wanted to know why the state never acted on a recommendation to replace water pipes back in 2016. After a WBEZ investigative report into the home, which prompted a Rauner stay at the home, his team requested an updated report. And they asked for the plumbing replacement as an ‘emergency project’ since ‘frail, elderly residents at the home (are) still becoming sickened.’

Rauner told Crain’s Chicago this month, ‘We’ve handled it exceptionally well and we would not do anything different.’”

–DGA, quoted in Capitol Fax 2-21-18

There’s plenty of news circulating these days, but not all of it is making front-page headlines in the MSM—or at least, not until the stories themselves are played out.

Below the fold, we consider two stories we’re following, one out of West Virginia, and the other out of Illinois. The first was the West Virginia teachers and service personnel strike, the other is a mystery-tragedy in Quincy, Illinois.  Both serve to illustrate separate-but-related facets of the trend towards “small government”—small in terms of citizen services, that is. Continue reading “Coffee Break 3-8-18: A Tale of Two Stories”

Coffee Break 2-26-18: Janus v. AFSCME

Oral arguments today in Janus v. AFSCME


Now, what does all of this mean in this great period of history? It means that we’ve got to stay together. We’ve got to stay together and maintain unity.

The issue is injustice. The issue is the refusal of Memphis to be fair and honest in its dealings with its public servants, who happen to be sanitation workers.

Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.

–excerpts from Martin Luther King, Jr., “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” delivered April 3, 1968, one day prior to his assassination during the Memphis public sanitation workers’ strike

Today is a historic day for public unions: oral arguments are scheduled before the Supreme Court on Janus v. AFSCME. Continue reading “Coffee Break 2-26-18: Janus v. AFSCME”