Corporate Welfare: Radio Notes, Sunday, April 14, 2013

We had updates on the CPS actions from the last week, a Rogers Park meeting of Democracy in Action, Woodlawn Protest Thursday. The Beer of the week, Saugatuck’s Singapore IPA and Chef AJ Francisco’s delicious food pairing, and your property taxes given directly to millionaires?

Higher numbers of #homeless kids, significantly higher special ed needs, higher unemployment, lower median income, higher poverty. Families drive communities. The failed policies of the city government have created dead zones in the city. 2.2bill has been spent on schools since 2010, 2.7on incarceration. CPS has said they will spend $676,000 per school for additional security personnel, police support, and safety programs.

Beer of The Week:

Saugatuck Singapore IPA, 7% APU. IPAs were traditionally crafted with higher alcohol by volume, ABV, to preserve it on long trips from Europe to Asia. Today that’s called an SUI-sailing while intoxicated. This is a very smooth IPA, with a fruity aroma, nice bitterness. A.J. Francisco, our resident chef, paired this beer with sweet and spicy honey and chili pepper glazed wings, Ancho chili, and coffee encrusted strip steak, with a creamy reduction drizzle made with this IPA.

Read our full write-up on this beer.

Upcoming Events:

  1. Woodlawn, fight for your schools
    Thursday, April 18th 6-8pm 1st Pres. Church 6400s. Kimbark woodlawn
  2. REMINDER – DIAC – monthly meeting Sunday, April 14th – 3:00 p.m. – Special Presentation Sunday, April 14th  3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. @ A Just Harvest 7649 North Paulina Street, Rogers Park, Chicago, IL 60626 Featured speaker – Jacob Swenson from The People’s Lobby. A Just Harvest is located at the southeast corner of the Paulina and Jonquil Streets intersection, one block north of Howard at the Red Line end-of-the-line station

May Day 2013

maydayWe have posted a good list of events and actions leading up to, and happening around May Day. Chicago generally focuses it’s efforts around May Day on immigration. This year’s theme is still on that point. The main rally has been named the “International Workers Day March for Immigration Reform.” See our expanding list of events here to find a way to plug in.

Thanks to Tom Tresser this past Thursday for sitting down with us at The Peoples Church, in Uptown area of the 46th ward of Chicago. We talked about the gross mismanagement of the city’s TIF funds, for example: 29.5 million TIF funds to a river north skyscraper in the West Loop, when there is already ample empty office space throughout the loop. There is no demand for this building. This is our money going to already wealthy developers, and nowhere near what most of us would consider a blighted neighborhood. This is a high end district. This means TIFs from your property taxes, skimmed from your money and given nakedly to the wealthy. Austerity, anyone?

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Karen Lewis Speaking at NEIU

Chicago Teachers Union president, Karen Lewis delivered a speech at NEIU on April 3rd Entitled “Lies About Schools.”

See the other segments of Karen’s speech, captured by WC, on our Video page.

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Chicago Teachers Union–Sunday’s Segment Notes

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The Beer:

Our Beer of the week was 5 Lizard, Latin-style beer, from a great local brewer, 5 Rabbit.  We have a mouth-watering food pairing with 5 Lizard, just in time for spring outdoor dining???? Or have we just skipped ahead to October?

Our Guest on Sunday’s Show: Jackson Potter, Staff Coordinator for The Chicago Teachers Union

This week Revolution and Beer and Our Town were out covering the teacher’s protest. More than 100 protesters sat down on LaSalle Street in a show of civil disobedience in front of city hall. Revolution and Beer was right up front as the Chicago Police detained and ticketed the protesters. In a statement mayor Rahm Emanuel rebuffed the teachers, parents, union members and students demands to keep more than 50 schools in almost exclusively black and Latino neighborhoods, by saying the decision to close these schools is a “done deal.”

Our guest had a few things to say to the good mayor about that.


April 5, this Friday, join us on the Loyola commons when we show support for students and their parents who are facing massive meal hikes (150% increases) on already heavily burdened family and students. Members of “Loyola Organized in Action” is organizing this protest.

Special thanks to David Hatch from the People’s Lobby, Kristi Sanford from A Just harvest, Toby Chow from Fair economy Illinois and Michaela Lovegood from IIRON, joined revolution and Beer yesterday for a taping of our 3rd TV show, which will air end of may, discussing corporate tax cheats and the politicians you love them in Illinois. Thanks to Frank, Bianca, Valentina for the incredible hospitality at Leadway Bar and Grill 5233 North Damen. If you are looking for a cozy hideaway, in a quiet neighborhood, Leadway is the place to be.

Beer and Food:

Featured Beer: On that show we paired our featured beer with the inspired cuisine of Revolution and Beer’s very own Chef, AJ Francisco. From 5 Rabbit brewery in Bedford Park, 5 Lizard Latin-style Witbier, or white beer. We’ve sampled several of 5 Rabbit’s brews, a classy alternative to the common Mexican beers. These beers are made for dining.

A Belgian Style ale that’s very pale and cloudy in appearance due to it being unfiltered Often referred to as “white beers” (witbieren) due to the cloudiness / yeast in suspension. This is made with hints of coriander, lime and passion fruit that paired beautifully with AJ’s 3 Citrus Ceviche, using the Zest & the juice of Lemon, Lime, & Honey Tangerines. Sweet Scallops & fresh Pico de Gallo. The citrus pairs with 5-Lizards coriander essence marvelously.

The 5 Vultures Dark Ale will pair well with an Empanada, made with fresh Chorizo, sweet potato, raisin, & Chipotle chilies with a Roasted Poblano salsa. This bold beer stands up to big flavors.


This May Day, Occupy Chicago asks supporters: Who does the American government work for? Occupy Chicago calls on our brothers and sisters throughout the city to join us on May 1st to stand up against the assaults on the 99%. At 1:00pm on May 1st we will gather at Union Park, Randolph and Ashland. At 2:00pm we will march to Federal Plaza, Dearborn and Jackson. After the march, the group will gather in Federal Plaza, where we will engage in a lively speakout on the struggles of the common worker and who really has the power in this country.

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