Hey there, it’s Friday! And big shout out to this little guy for thinking outside the box. Here’s what you need to know today. (PS: You can have this delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.)
1. The good, bad and ugly after the Chicago teachers strike
Chicago’s 11-day teachers strike ended yesterday after Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union struck a tentative deal. Now, everyone’s trying to decipher what it all means.
For students, some of the biggest changes involve new support staff and class size limits. By July 2023, each school will have at least one full-time nurse and social worker, according to the tentative agreement. And starting next school year, most schools will have class size limits depending on grade. [Chicago Tribune]
For student athletes, the strike had more immediate implications. CPS cross-country runners lost an appeal today and will not be allowed in their playoffs. The Chicago Sun-Times also reports that CPS golf, soccer and tennis teams were forced to forfeit playoff games, as did 56 girls volleyball teams. (For CPS football qualifiers, the strike ended just in time.) [Chicago Sun-Times]
And for Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the walkout eventually produced a “historic deal,” but it also gave her a deeply frayed relationship with the Chicago Teachers Union. [WBEZ]
2. New polls show the country remains divided over impeachment
Two new public opinion polls came out today. Both illustrate a divided country.
The first found that 47% of respondents approve of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump while 38% disapprove. That’s according to 1,075 adults polled by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. [AP]
Another unrelated poll asked specifically about the possibility of Trump’s impeachment and removal from office. Conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News, that poll found that 49% of Americans say the president should be impeached and removed while 47% say he should not. [Washington Post]
Meanwhile in Iowa, a poll from the New York Times and Siena College found that Elizabeth Warren is leading the pack among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, the first Americans to weigh in on the Democratic presidential race. At 22%, she is immediately trailed by Bernie Sanders (19%), Pete Buttigieg (18%) and Joe Biden (17%). [New York Times]
3. A powerful Illinois state rep resigned today
Facing a federal bribery charge, Chicago Democrat Luis Arroyo resigned today just hours before his Statehouse colleagues were to begin proceedings to formally remove him from office.
Arroyo, the former assistant majority leader, appeared Monday in federal court, where prosecutors alleged he attempted to bribe a state senator on behalf of a lobbying client.
Arroyo’s arrest follows a series of federal raids in the Chicago area in recent months, though it’s unclear if there is any connection. Arroyo’s office maintains he will be vindicated. [WBEZ]
4. The October jobs report beat expectations
Employers in the U.S. added 128,000 jobs in October, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The gains exceeded forecasts from economists, who predicted that a 40-day strike by General Motors employees would stifle the job market.
The unemployment rate did rise slightly to 3.6%, but CNN reports it was for a good reason: 325,000 Americans started looking for work. [CNN]
5. That was the snowiest Chicago Halloween ever
The National Weather Service says it has only snowed on Halloween in Chicago six times since 1881. And before yesterday, the record for Halloween snowfall was 0.1 inches.
Well, after a nearly all-day whiteout, our new Halloween snowfall record is 3.4 inches. [Chicago Tribune]
Let the dibs insanity commence!
Here’s what else is happening
- Mayor Lighfoot fired back at President Trump after he continued his attacks on Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. [Chicago Tribune]
- The Trump administration will no longer require some grant-seeking organizations to comply with rules that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. [WSJ]
- Google bought Fitbit for $2.1 billion and promised to protect users’ health data. [NPR]
- President Trump says he’s no longer a New Yorker. [New York Times]
Oh, and one more thing …
The WBEZ podcast team has a whole bunch of things coming out right now. (And full disclosure: I have a hand in each of them, as I work on the podcast team when I’m not filling in for Hunter. Which do I prefer? I won’t say!)
Firstly, the trailer dropped today for Making Beyoncé, a three-part series that looks at Beyoncé’s early years to tell the story of how a little girl from Houston became the biggest name in music. Episode 1 drops on Nov. 15.
Then, Peter Sagal of Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! and the Nerdette podcast crew are teaming up again, this time to recap new episodes of the HBO series His Dark Materials, which premieres Monday.
And speaking of Nerdette, host Greta Johnsen just interviewed A Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, who seems well aware that many of you are awaiting his next book.
Tell me something good …
Last week’s question got a lot of responses, so we let the good times roll. What’s your favorite Halloween memory?
“We used to trick or treat for hours, and sometimes to lighten our load, we would stop back at our house to dump out our bags before continuing back out into the night. One year I was trudging up the big hill to our front door to dump my bag, and met some trick or treaters coming down who said ‘Don’t bother going up — all they are giving out are raisins.’ My mom was handing out those tiny boxes of Sunmaid raisins. It was mortifying.”
That’s a wrap for Halloween 2019! Thanks to everyone who wrote in!