Pilsen Academy LSC Votes for New Principal

Yesterday, the Pilsen Community Academy Local School Council (LSC) held a special meeting at the Lozano Library.  All LSC members, with the exception of the principal, were in attendance.  We finished the principal's cumulative review and voted unanimously to approve it. We then voted on his contract renewal.  There were 2 votes to renew his contract,… Continue reading Pilsen Academy LSC Votes for New Principal

Campaign Suspended

Today I'm suspending my campaign for Democratic Committeeman of the 25th Ward.  It appears that, due to my current pace of signature collection and the incoming snow storm during this important signature collecting weekend, I will be unable to collect the required number of signatures. You miss 100% of the shots you never take. - Michael… Continue reading Campaign Suspended

Troy Hernandez for Democratic Ward Committeeman

I'm collecting signatures to get myself on the ballot for Democratic Committeeman in Chicago's 25th Ward. I need your help. First, I'll explain what the committeeman is and does. Then I'll explain why I need your help. Finally, I'll tell you why I'm running. Ward Committeeman I'll let Hal Dardick at the Tribune explain the position:… Continue reading Troy Hernandez for Democratic Ward Committeeman

Pilsen Academy Update – September

Update: The Principal, Dr. Ali, has called for a special, "pre-LSC" meeting for this Friday, October 16th at 8am. Incredibly, this has been done in violation of the rules that the LSC community relations officer, Luis Garcia, explicitly stated at a special training held just weeks ago. This is not the first time this has… Continue reading Pilsen Academy Update – September

The Pilsen Academy Junta

junta noun jun·ta \ˈhu̇n-tə, ˈjən-, ˈhən-\ : a military group controlling a government after taking control of it by force Junta means something different in English than it does in Spanish.  The full definition in English is: :  a council or committee for political or governmental purposes; especially:  a group of persons controlling a government… Continue reading The Pilsen Academy Junta

Retributive Firing at Pilsen Academy?

retributive adjective re·trib·u·tive \ri-ˈtri-byə-tiv\ :  of, relating to, or marked by retribution Last week I was informed that one of the local school council (LSC) members at Pilsen Academy would be leaving the elementary school. Mr. Miguel Salgado is listed as the bilingual coordinator and was slated to be the 5th grade teacher, but he recently received a… Continue reading Retributive Firing at Pilsen Academy?

No one wants to talk about Pilsen’s existing metal shredder

For more than a year there has been a fight over the idea of bringing a metal shredder to Pilsen.  Some groups say it's a great source of jobs and other groups have said it's a dangerous source of pollution.  Now that it's election season everyone is required to take a position on it.  Curiously,… Continue reading No one wants to talk about Pilsen’s existing metal shredder

Verbal Assault at the 25th Ward Aldermanic Forum

Last Friday at the 25th ward aldermanic forum at UIC I was verbally assaulted, but it wasn't by the predictably empty rhetoric from some of the candidates.  Immediately following the conclusion of the event I was speaking with a reporter from South Side Weekly when the executive director of Pilsen Alliance and the de facto Byron Sigcho campaign manager came over… Continue reading Verbal Assault at the 25th Ward Aldermanic Forum