De Diego part of Mayor Lightfoot's back-to-school tour

Date: 
09/04/2019
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Mayor Lightfoot's arrival included: CPF Comm. Richard Fox, Aldrmn Daniel LaSpata, Otis Wilson, CPD Supr. Eddie Johnson, Mayor Lightfoot and State Rep Delia Ramierez.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot's afternoon arrival at Jose De Diego Elementary School, 1313 W. Claremont Ave., in Wicker Park came as students were leaving the school following their first day of the 2019-20 school year, yesterday. 

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Front of School was a mass of students, parents, residents, elected officials, security, cameramen, and reporters

A small contingent of people were in the back parking lot to greet the mayor before she emerged at the front of the building where onlookers and the press awaited. 

Among those assembling in the back lot were Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Fire Commissioner Richard C. Fox II, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Janice Jackson, Illinois State 4th District Representative Delia Ramirez, 1st Ward Alderman Daniel LaSpata, 14th District Commander Melvin Roman, 14th District Sergeant Adam Henkels, Jose De Diego Principal, Jacqueline J. Menoni and former Chicago Bear Otis Wilson. 

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CPD 14th District Commander Roman and Sergeant Adam Henkels were part of the security contingency

At the front of the building children departed the building for home looking a bit bewildered by the massing of people and cameras focused on them. Lightfoot exited wishing everyone a happy back-to-school day. 

A brisk walk up Claremont Ave. then over to Western Ave. ended back at the school for formal photographs before everyone dispersed. 

Excitedly telling his parent about the amazing experience he had just had leaving the school, one young boy said, "…and there were a lot of suits!"

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Principal Menoni, Mayor Lightfoot, Superintendent Johnson and CPS' CEO Janice Jackson posed for photos at end of visit

Earlier in the day, head of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Jesse Sharkey said, “Though the wage and benefit proposals will be said to be generous by the Mayor and CPS’ team, they come in the context of nearly a decade of austerity and cuts for Chicago’s teachers and other school staff. 

“We’ve endured three freezes, multiple furloughs, layoffs and other cuts.” 

Lightfoot upped last week's proposed raise to teachers from 14% to 16% over five years.

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