WBEZ | Ron Huberman http://www.wbez.org/tags/ron-huberman Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Tales from the road: WBEZ car brings worst out in people (well, person) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-20/tales-road-wbez-car-brings-worst-out-people-well-person-85439 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-20/wbez-car.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The jury selection for <em>Blagojevich trial II: Electric Boogaloo</em> is starting today. Blagojevich continued to push his story all around mainstream media circles. If you don't remember the first trial, may <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/former-blago-lawyer-jurors-pay-attention-media-coverage-85415">I suggest you listen to this awesome montage (put together by cubicle-mate Rob Wildeboer) summing it up in 246 seconds</a>.</p><p>Or you can watch this Blagojevich verdict video we did for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/89566">our CityRoom web-series</a>:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="281" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/14238131?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215" width="500"></iframe></p><p>We resort to covering his trial because he won't give WBEZ interviews. Why? Our audience won't make their jury.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: Ah. What time is it? Oh my lord, I fell asleep for the past 7 years. What have I missed!? Is Forrest Claypool running the CHA still? Or wait, did he move to the Park District? No? Oh, it's<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/4915438-417/rahm-emanuel-picks-forrest-claypool-to-head-cta.html"> the CTA now</a>? Claypool must be doing something right. He keeps getting appointed to run city things.</p><p><strong>TOTALLY UNRESEARCHED THEORY OF THE DAY</strong>: Daley can't give his old staff any preferential treatment or appointments because everyone is watching. But what would stop the new mayor from helping out the old guard? My theory will get more traction when Frank Kreusi, Ron Huberman and David Mosena are appointed next week.</p><p>And Claypool helped found David Axelrod's political consulting firm. Axelrod got Barack Obama elected President. Axelrod went to the White House. Claypool lost to Joe Berrios. So here comes Rahm Emanuel to pay it back/forward. Although, some would say running the CTA would be more punishment than payback.</p><p>I, for one, am looking forward to Forrest's tenure at the CTA. I hope it's dramatic. Richard Rodriguez was way too subdued. I'm looking for my CTA chief to be waaaay more Huberman. More threats, more posturing, more new bus announcements (please tell your congressman we are broke. Thank you for riding the CTA).</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: I want to publicly apologize to Tyler Hansbrough. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-19/tyler-hansbrough-not-good-looking-dude-and-other-random-observations">Yesterday I did a post wrapping up the Bulls/Pacers game</a>. And in those observations, I called out Hansbrough for not being a looker. In all seriousness, that was pretty low. Who am I to be calling out people for their looks? If he's a thug or an annoying player on the court (which he is), then fine. But to focus on his looks or call him ugly is pretty immature. And I recognize that. I apologize Tyler. Now that I've apologized, will you please tell me why you choose to wear your hair that way? Okay, wait. Not going to start up again. I apologized, let's leave it at that.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: That <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chibrknews-storms-rake-central-southern-illinois-20110420,0,4477767.story">storm was wild last night</a>. Sorry if anyone got flooded out. In other weather news, my iPhone says it is supposed to be 70 next Monday.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: The <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nhl/recap?gameId=310419004">Blackhawks showed up last night</a> and put a beatdown on Vancouver and superstar goalie Roberto Luongo. The Hawks scored 7 goals in game 4 to avoid elimination on their home court. More importantly, they showed some fire! They were tough and precise. The series now shifts back to Vancouver for Game 5. The Canucks lead the series 3-1 and need to close the series out soon. It's hockey afterall, which is the sport that trademarked the 3-0 comeback.</p><p><a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/news/story?id=6390829">Bears and Packers will not kick off the season</a>. Instead, they will play Christmas night. Late in the season, for all the marbles. I mean, if there is a season.</p><p>And don't look now, but the <a href="http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/schedule/_/name/chw/chicago-white-sox">Sox have dropped six in a row</a>.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Just a really quick funny story...</p><p>We have a new Subaru that we are driving around, wrapped in our WBEZ logo. We are giving it away at the end of the summer. And while we have it, we've been encouraged to drive it places when covering news or events. One of our reporters took the car out to cover something the other morning on the North Side. When stopped at a light, another car pulled up next to our car and started yelling. He then rolled down the window and spit on the car. It wasn't because of the reporter's driving. It was because they didn't like NPR. Awesome.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-20/wbez-car.jpg" style="width: 640px; height: 478px;" title=""></p></p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-20/tales-road-wbez-car-brings-worst-out-people-well-person-85439 Interim CPS CEO Terry Mazany discusses the district's 'free fall' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-08/interim-cps-ceo-terry-mazany-discusses-districts-free-fall-83423 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Terry Mazany Flickr Knight Foundation_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/At-a-glance/Pages/TerryMazany.aspx">Terry Mazany</a> of the Chicago Public Schools recently described the district as being in &quot;free fall&quot; after the departure of his predecessor Ron Huberman last November. The interim CEO added that he plans to break with many of the policies put in place by Huberman, such as the expansion of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cps.edu/Schools/Elementary_schools/Pages/Charter.aspx">charter schools</a>.</p><p>Mazany joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>to discuss these recent comments.</p></p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 13:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-08/interim-cps-ceo-terry-mazany-discusses-districts-free-fall-83423 Interim CPS CEO discusses future of city's schools http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/interim-cps-ceo-discusses-future-citys-schools <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Mazaney-2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you were given six months to improve Chicago&rsquo;s public schools, what would you do? That&rsquo;s the big question facing the interim leader of Chicago Public Schools <a href="http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/At-a-glance/Pages/TerryMazany.aspx" target="_blank">Terry Mazany.</a> Mazany stepped in when former CEO Ron Huberman resigned last November. But he says the move to CPS is temporary and he has no plans to leave his regular post as president of the <a href="http://www.cct.org/" target="_blank">Chicago Community Trust</a>.<br /><br />Chicago&rsquo;s next mayor will appoint a new CEO to run CPS, the nation&rsquo;s third-largest school system. So what can Mazany accomplish in the meantime?<br />To find out &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; talked to the man himself. Terry Mazany also took listeners' questions and comments.</p><p><em>Music Button: Robert Miles, &quot;Miniature World&quot;, from the CD Thirteen, (Salt records)</em></p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/interim-cps-ceo-discusses-future-citys-schools Video: A message (and job opportunity) for Ron Huberman http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-message-and-job-opportunity-ron-huberman <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/DSC_0014.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><iframe height="364" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17307921?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p>Yesterday marked the end of the public service career of Mr. Ron Huberman. Until he is appointed again somewhere else.</p><p>We have had a good ride alongside Mr.&nbsp;Huberman, from his time at OEMC (911 center) to head of the CTA (doomsday) to Chicago Public Schools (swine flu?). He was a strong presence in the news and he was thought to be a shrewd budget man behind the scenes. <br /><br />Sounds like something I need for Vocalo Blogs! So I put this little plea together to try and get&nbsp;Ron Huberman to the blogosphere.&nbsp;If it works, you are welcome, Chicago.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 09:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-message-and-job-opportunity-ron-huberman Daley names Mazany as interim CPS chief http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-public-schools/daley-names-mazany-interim-cps-chief <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Terrymazany-reblando.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated 6:30 p.m.</em></p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has picked an interim schools chief to serve until the next mayor takes over. Daley on Tuesday named Terry Mazany to the post. Mazany will be on loan to the city from his job as head of the Chicago Community Trust, a grant-making foundation. Mazany has education experience. He replaces outgoing Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman, who resigned and is leaving the job at the end of the month.</p><p>The city will pay Mazany a salary of $1. The trust will continue to pay his salary while he's on assignment at the schools. A new mayor takes over in May for Daley, who didn't run for re-election.</p><p>Mazany's arrival comes as the district prepares to plug a $720 million deficit, and public education groups are already cozying up to the man who could hit them with budget cuts. <br /><br />Andrew Broy is the president of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. He wants Mazany&nbsp; to restore about $10 million to charter schools. <br /><br />&quot;We think that level funding is not only appropriate, but it's the only fair thing to do given the current budget situation,&quot;&nbsp;Broy said.<br /><br />Jackson Potter, who is the chief of staff of the Chicago Teachers Union, understands Mazany has a mandate from Mayor Daley to support charter schools, but he says that's not a deal breaker. <br /><br />&quot;He's done a lot of good things for the public schools,&quot;&nbsp;Potter said. &quot;We don't think that he's a zealot on this question, and we'll sit down and have a rational conversation about how to proceed.&quot;<br /><br />But education groups will have to do another round of cozying up. Mazany only expects to lead CPS on a temporary basis.</p></p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-public-schools/daley-names-mazany-interim-cps-chief Chicago Teachers Union wants international search for CPS chief http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-teachers-union/chicago-teachers-union-wants-international-search-cps-chief <p><p>Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says she wants an international search for the city's next public schools CEO.<br /><br />Schools Chief Ron Huberman this week announced he will step down at the end of the month.<br /><br />Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says the new CEO should have a background in business.<br /><br />Karen Lewis says the new person should be an educator. &quot;Are we surprised by what Mayor Daley wants? The good news is what Mayor Daley wants will only last for so long anyway. And I mean no disrespect, but we're going in a different direction now,&quot; Lewis said.</p><p>Lewis says the city's public schools needs a superintendent, not a CEO.<br /><br />The Chicago Teachers Union has had several conflicts with management recently including teacher layoffs.</p></p> Fri, 05 Nov 2010 13:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-teachers-union/chicago-teachers-union-wants-international-search-cps-chief CTA cuts raise safety concerns at Clemente High School http://www.wbez.org/blog/cta-cuts-raise-safety-concerns-clemente-high-school <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//clemente.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-14477" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 1px 5px;" title="clemente" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//clemente.jpg" alt="Clemente High School" width="234" height="237" /></a> With the first day of CTA cuts in full effect, I headed out to Clemente High School at Western Avenue and Division Street. I wanted to find out if there was any impact on students in the absence of 49 Western Express bus at dismissal. Students are usually heading home around 2:30 p.m. Community advocates say the hours between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. are the most dangerous time of the day for students. The Chicago Police were visible presence outside and around the perimeter of the school. Two squad cars were stationed directly in the front of the school. While a paddy wagon and squad cars were on Division street, several yards away from the main intersection. Inside Clemente, Assistant Principal Antonio Perez was multitasking in a serious way when I went into the school to talk with security about any concerns they would have over today's dismissal. Perez says the cuts present new fears for him. <!--break-->The school had already had a problem with slow CTA service at the beginning at the year. Perez says too many kids waiting for the bus start to get "antsy and have time to do mischievous things." <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Perez.mp3">Perez</a> <blockquote>Between the hours of 2:35 and 2:55 we need to get these kids out of here"¦And on the corner of Western, lot of traffic. Both east bound, west, south and north bound and we were able to correct the situation but now I fear that we'll go back to what we had before.</blockquote> He says cuts and the reduction in service could put a serious strain on the "culture of calm" Chicago Public Schools' chief Ron Huberman wants to institute in schools. Noelle Gaffney, spokesperson for CTA, said in an email Clemente is serviced by five buses daily after school, and that service will remain in place. Within several minutes of the 2:30 p.m. dismissal, I noticed an aerial patrol by the CPD. By 2:55 p.m., students waiting to travel north or south bound on Western Avenue were moving out pretty quickly on CTA buses. However, a large pile up of students was growing at the west bound corner of Division Street. A corner, Perez says, where the biggest concerns are because a majority of the students travel westbound through several gang territories. Several young men at the stop were dressed in black and red, making their gang affiliation clear. Students I spoke with didn't have serious concerns about their safety. They mostly were upset with having to be inconvenienced in the cold weather. A few expressed concerns about being able to use their reduced bus pass within the allotted hours. Senior Felix Aponte, said this morning's commute was a hassle, 30 minutes more than the usual 7 minutes he was accustomed to. He pointed out the loss of the Western express bus eliminated a certain level of safety for traveling students. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Felix.mp3">Felix</a> <blockquote>The express bus doesn't stop in certain spots, you know? It just keeps going. But now that if there's no express bus you're going to stop on all those dangerous places.</blockquote> By 3:10 p.m. three west bound Division Avenue buses, in secession, had finally arrived. Security was still heavy yet dismissal had seemingly gone smooth.</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/cta-cuts-raise-safety-concerns-clemente-high-school