Protest at Sen. Cullerton house

WBBM Newsradio/Mike Krauser

Activist Camp Out At Sen. Cullerton's House To Demand Elected CPS School Board

August 18, 2018 - 2:46 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- About fifty activists camped out on the lawn of the home of Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton for a couple of hours today, demanding he allow legislation to move forward for an elected Chicago School Board.     

They marched to Cullerton’s home in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood, down the street from the Blagojevich home, some with lawn chairs and some with sleeping bags, led by activist Marc Kaplan.  

“We’re here today because the people have spoken and the politicians, including State Senate President Cullerton, are thwarting the will of the people,” he said.

Protest at Sen. Cullerton house

 Voters have overwhelmingly said the school board should be elected like they are in every other city in the state, rather than appointed by the mayor. 

And the house and senate overwhelmingly agreed.  

“What is not clear about that," Kaplan questioned. "What is not clear about that?” 

Cullerton, Kaplan noted, has said, "it’s Rahm’s call.”  

“What do we elect people to be our representatives for if they’re going to say ‘it’s Rahm’s call?’ Rahm doesn’t have kids in the public schools.” 

The activists brought lawn chairs and sat in the parkway in front of Cullerton’s home for about two hours. No sign of him.  

The activists are also demanding rent control, which will be the subject of public hearings.