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CPS, stop blaming Springfield

CPS, stop blaming Springfield

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools officials would have you think the financial catastrophe they face can be entirely blamed on a scapegoat named Springfield. "We wouldn't be here if Springfield were prioritizing education funding," CPS interim CEO Jesse Ruiz said Thursday, as Chicago Teachers Union members at City Hall protested $200 million in budget cuts. "These cuts would not be necessary if Springfield was doing its job," Emanuel said Wednesday as he proposed a rescue plan. "Chicago teachers, Chicago taxpayers and Chicago kids are being treated as second-class citizens by the state of Illinois. … Our kids and teachers deserve...