Arne Duncan To Be Named Education Secretary

This morning we hear that President Elect Obama is going to be at Dodge Academy, one of the schools in the CPS. Obviously to announce what everyone thought he would announce, that is Arne Duncan to head the Department of Education.

Why is WGN still running the same advertising commercials with Spike O'Dell? All you have to do is watch WGN news at 9 and see the commercials run.

Wow what a week we have had, first Steve Dahl gives his final morning radio show, a very unexpected departure, then Spike O'Dell leaves WGN mornings the next week on his morning show, but this was because of his planned retirement. So I am adjusting to not waking up with Spike, or listening to Steve on my way to work. John Williams who took Spikes place is good, but he's not Spike or Steve.

In between all of this our Governor gets arrested for trying to sell President Elect Obama's senate seat.

After such a fantastic event of having our very own President from this State, the last one being Abraham Lincoln, we get Governor Rod Blagojevich arrested for trying to replace Obama's Senate seat in his own way.

Now the State of Illinois is back in national news, this time not for something great as in Obama's win for the Presidency but for some of the most low down corrupt activity by our Governor.

Impeachment proceeding will go on by a vote of 113 to none in our State House. They will only take off for Christmas Eve and Day and New Year's Eve and day and work throughout what is normally the winter break.

Wow what a week this State has had.

CHICAGO (CBS) ― President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Chicago Public Schools Chief Arne Duncan to head the Department of Education.

CBS 2's Mike Parker reports that Obama is expected to make the announcement Tuesday morning at Dodge Renaissance Academy on the city's west side.

Duncan visited the outgoing Secretary of Education in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, but insisted the call was a purely social one.

CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports Duncan frequently plays basketball with the Obama. And Obama said previously he might name him to the cabinet as education secretary.

Duncan told reporters in D.C. Dec. 4 he had no idea who Obama would pick for the job. But he praised his basketball buddy, saying Obama "has an unbelievably thoughtful, comprehensive [education] plan, and there's a real opportunity to do something special going forward."

Obama will be looking to the veteran CEO of the Chicago public schools to implement the reform agenda the president-elect campaigned on, including performance-based pay for teachers – something unions tend to dislike – and letting 1,000 flowers bloom, so to speak, when it comes to new types of taxpayer-supported schools.

Duncan is known in education circles nationally as an innovative reformer. In Chicago, he's tried to improve a system that one former education secretary called the worst schools in America.

"Arne Duncan has, obviously, a good national reputation," school reformer Linda Lenz said. "Chicago for a long time has been seen as the place to try new and exciting things."

Thoughts from the week

First thought if Daley is going to lease the parking meters, and the company taking over the meters will raise the rates and charge on Sundays and Holidays. So ...then why can't the city just do this? Why do you need to have a company take over and raise rates and make you pay every single day?

Blagojevich was taped negotiating for a campaign contribution, kickback to a lobbyist, from one of his close friends lobbyist, John Wyma. John Wyma, covering his butt, must have a lot to hide So will we see Pat Quinn, now Lt. Governor, as Governor sometime during the rest of Blagojevich's term?

The next story brought this thought to mind. Everywhere on the news in Chicago reporters have been saying this airport is big, almost the size of Midway. So why are they talking about Peotone as a third airport, where no ground has been broke? And why wasn't this airport, DuPage, considered as a third airport? From what I hear all it needs to do is be utilized more. I have never been out there, but from what I understand it is a lot closer to Chicago than Peotone, and there is a high population around it that would certainly use it.

Also thoughts on the following story, as if Tom Dart, Cook County Sheriff did not have enough problems, now he has a lot of seriously criminal Cook County Sheriff's Officers. Also Harvey was not know as a great place to live, and property values have plummeted. What will this do to an already poor image of Harvey as being a place to live?

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