Afternoon Shift: CPS closure savings, Internet sales taxes and organic foods

May 7, 2013

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Niala talks with Andy Shaw and Alden Lowry about the savings, or lack there of, involved with CPS closings and takes a look at the new internet sales tax legislation and how it will affect consumers. Then, Monica Eng stops by to discuss the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists.

Afternoon shift: CPS closure savings, internet sales taxes vs. consumer and organic foods

Niala talks with Andy Shaw and Alden Lowry about the savings, or lack there of, involved with CPS closings and takes a look at the new internet sales tax legislation and how it will affect consumers. Then, Monica Eng stops by to discuss the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists.

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BGA Call-in: For the first hour, Niala talks with Andy Shaw and Alden Lowry from the Better Government Association about a number of topics, including the math behind school closures. WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton joins the conversation with insight about a recent set of letters CPS sent to parents of closing schools about what it would’ve cost to keep the school open. Then, they take your questions-- call 312-923-9239 or tweet #AfternoonShift.


CPS quietly lowers its estimated cost savings from closing 54 schoolsThe school district had told the public that closing 54 schools would save $560 million over 10 years in avoided capital expenses. After ...
The hearing officers ruled CPS did not meet required standards to close 14 of the 54 schools. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130507/chicago/cps-closings-of-14-schools-opposed-by-hearing-officersAlderman Joe Moreno
Hearing officers oppose 14 of the closings planned by CPS(Tribune illustration) Independent hearing officers are opposing 14 of the school closings proposed by Chicago Public Schools officials, ...

Organic Foods: The 9th annual Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list was just released by the Environmental Working Group telling you which foods have highest frequency and levels of pesticides. The produce industry says it’s a lot of malarkey and a controversial preliminary study out of IIT suggesting, they say, that lists like the Dirty Dozen are driving poor people from eating fresh produce. Tribune food/consumer issues reporter Monica Eng tells The Afternoon Shift about the controversy.



The 12 Fruits And Veggies With The Most PesticidesUnless it's smothered in caramel or part of a sugary pie, we can't think of many times when an apple isn't good for you. But the ever-nut...
Doubts surface about safety of common the organic yogurt, meat, milk and iceream additive called carrageenan http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/ct-met-carrageenan-0318-20130318,0,2164837.storyMonica Eng
The 15 Fruits & Vegetables Least Contaminated By PesticidesThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its ninth annual list of fruits and vegetables that are the most and least likely to b...
Agricultural Marketing Service - National Organic ProgramConsumer Information.

Internet Sales Tax: Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the legislation requiring Internet retailers like Amazon and eBay to pay taxes to states. Governor Pat Quinn has been an outspoken proponent, but the measure faces an uphill battle in the House. TBA looks at whether the measure would affect consumer behavior. Would this new law change your behavior?  

Jean Kuhn, owner of Rocky Mountain Chocolate in La Grange and Alexander Chernev, a marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, join Niala to discuss the bill’s potential local impact.

Online Sales Tax Bill Passes SenateWASHINGTON -- The Senate has passed a bill that could end tax-free shopping on the Internet for many shoppers. The Senate voted 69 to 27 ...
Internet Sales Tax that passed senate is a terrible idea. A money grab that will hurt economic growth. Now we must get House to defeat itMarco Rubio
Online Shopping, With Sales Tax AddedIsaac Brekken for The New York Times Attention, all you online shoppers out there: your sales-tax-free party may soon be over. The Senate...
Live coverage of Senate's vote to give states power to enforce their sales tax laws on online purchases http://reut.rs/11fiKzCReuters Tech
Durbin, Quinn push for Internet sales tax crackdownSome local stores say 'showrooming' is putting them out of business or they're being undercut by online buyers who try to bargain for pri...