Some things come as no surprise and thoughts from the week

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."


  1. SP Biloxi said...
    Obama made a great choice for Sec. of Education.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Now Chicago has to find someone to take his place. Between Obama getting his staff from Illinois we also have, or will be having a vacuum of people from the Gov's office, so far Harris his Chief of Staff, and hopefully the Gov soon.

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