Ben Joravsky

  • Elected School Board Town Hall

    23 October 2012

    In this audio recording, a panel of public-school advocates discuss the possibility for an elected school board in Chicago. The panelists: Delia Bonilla, local school council parent member, Ames Middle School; Will Guzzardi, Logan Square community advocate; Ben Joravsky, columnist for the Chicago Reader; Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union; and Pauline Lipman, professor of policy studies, University of Illinois (Chicago).

  • Mayor Emanuel's First Year Report Card

    22 October 2012

    In this audio recording, a trio of panelists review Mayor Emanuel's first year in office as part of Columbia College's Intersection series. The panelists: Larry Bennett, PhD, professor of political science, DePaul University; Ben Joravsky, columnist for the Chicago Reader; and Dominic Pacyga, PhD, professor of history, Columbia College.

  • How the Democrats Let Derrick Smith Shoot Them in the Foot

    11 October 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how poorly the West Side's political leaders serve it, and more.

  • Today's Lesson: Charters Do Not Outperform Unionized Schools

    4 October 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether teacher tenure actually exists, and more.

  • Fighting for the Right to Fire Bad Teachers—and Good Ones Too

    27 September 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the number of Chicago charter schools having union representation, and more.

  • The Last Democracy in Chicago?

    20 September 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the mistake of separating teachers from the union representing them, and more.

  • Why Chicago Teachers Hate Rahm

    13 September 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on one of the phoniest issues in the education debate, and more.

  • With Democrats Like These, Who Needs Republicans?

    6 September 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the possible collusion between former Pres. Bush and former Mayor Daley, and more.

  • Akins in Our Midst?

    30 August 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the surprising requirements of state law for sex education, and more.

  • Prentice Preservationists Put Rahm in a Bind

    16 August 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the most rubber-stamp-like body in city government, and more.

  • The Grow House Next Door

    9 August 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the two forms of justice and more.

  • Say It Ain't So, Joe

    2 August 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on why the mayor controls who chairs city council committees, and more.

  • How Chicago Said Yes to Pot

    5 July 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether Chicago police will start ticketing more white marijuana users, and more.

  • The Mayor's Millionaire Club, Part II

    28 June 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on when Mayor Emanuel acts in opposition to his conservative leanings, and more.

  • Mayor Emanuel Makes a TIF Movie

    7 June 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on what might've motivated the Emanuel administration to make the TIF video, and more.

  • Summits Come and Go, but the Mayor's Handouts Never End

    24 May 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether the city still doesn't check on the jobs pledges of TIF-fund recipients, and more.

  • Mayor Emanuel's Dumping Ground?

    10 May 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on why border-situated land owners can have their land transferred to a suburb, and more.

  • The Stand-Up Guy

    26 April 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on who voted against the mayor's proposed infrastructure trust and why, and more.

  • The Mayor Has Big Plans for the City's Infrastructure Trust

    12 April 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether the proposed infrastructure trust must actually comply with Freedom of Information Act regulations, and more.

  • How Rahm Emanuel Can 'Save' the Schools

    29 March 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on what Mayor Emanuel knows about the school system or, for that matter, the city, and more.