CPS School Budgets

July 14th, 2015 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

On Monday, July 13, 2015, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released preliminary spending plans for the 2015-2016 school year. Many schools face significant budget cups. We made a simple [news app to let users explore how different school budgets changed]( Additional coverage: * [CPS Budget: Deep Cuts For Neighborhood Schools, Cash Infusion For Charters]( (DNAinfo Chicago) […]

My first Divvy ride

April 9th, 2014 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I was riding to a party at a friends house when I heard a clattering below me. I looked down and realized that three spokes had broken, likely casualties of a winter of moisture and corrosive salts and a springtime of crater-like potholes. I needed to get around the West Side to run a few […]

New metrics

September 15th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

A friend posted an image on Facebook related to the Chicago Teacher Strike that said: Legislators want teachers to be paid according to their effectiveness as evaluated by student test scores. How about paying legislators according to their effectiveness — as evaluated by job creation and economic growth? To unpack this a little, I’d say […]

Chicago Teachers Strike Context

September 11th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m trying to compile articles that describe why the teachers are striking because CPS and the mayor’s talking points tend to collapse those reasons and miss a lot of important reasons. As much as teachers are fighting to be able to make a living practicing their profession, they’re also fighting for a vision of education […]

See Click Fix for civic processes

March 27th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Growing up, I was lucky enough to be able to walk or ride my bike to my school.  When I was a bit younger, and lived farther away, the district had door-to-door bus service.  This isn’t the case in Chicago.  Students who go to magnet or selective enrollment schools have to, in many cases, figure […]

Lakeview Wal-Mart

December 20th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m pretty interested in reports that Wal-Mart may be trying to open a location in my neighborhood. I read a report in the Red Eye that said the retailer had signed a letter of intent on a location. This is Ald. Tom Tunney’s (44th) response to this and similar reports: On Thursday, December 9, I […]

New address, same concerns

September 30th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I contributed a bit of reporting to this story written by Ian Fullerton.  It was originally published in Skyline on September 29, 2010.  I covered the closing of the original location of Pie Hole Pizza Joint for the Medill News Service in May 2010. New address, same concerns Pie Hole Pizza Joint gets chilly welcome […]

44th Ward Electronics Recycling

September 2nd, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I use a lot of technology and end up having a lot of unused or broken electronics and I have to figure out what to do with them.  The 44th Ward is having a electronics recycling pickup day on September 11, 2010.  This is what the alderman had to say about it in an e-mail […]

Foundation, politicians support housing proposals at Rogers Park meeting

April 21st, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Community members filled the pews at Rogers Park Presbyterian Church Sunday, but not for a worship service, though people passing by the church might not have been able to tell the difference. “If you are moved to say ‘Amen’ or to clap, please don’t hold back,” said  the Rev. Debbie Paton, pastor of the church.  […]

Asian-American groups weigh in on state redistricting process

April 16th, 2010 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Asian-American groups are pleased with Illinois Senate approval of a constitutional amendment to change a redistricting process that has split the community’s political power. But they haven’t stopped their advocacy yet. Group representatives had testified Monday in Springfield  before the State Senate Redistricting Committee, which  passed the proposed measure Monday, and the full Senate approved […]