Nuggets of Reform in Illinois Lacking Applause

July 8, 2011  |  

(Chicago News Cooperative) — In the bowels of Soldier Field, the canny rock star Bono was telling me about yanking his children from an elite Manhattan private school and returning them to a better, public school in Dublin. He said his and his wife’s high-minded New York education hopes had been misplaced.   The black leather-clad front man for U2 was soon tugged by an aide — “I have to do a show,” he said apologetically. Within minutes, he was bringing joy to 63,000 with the Irish band’s trademark muscularity, towering props and calls for political reforms in locales as faraway as Burma.  I saw one black-T-shirt-clad speck of a spectator among the Tuesday night throng — Mayor Rahm Emanuel a k a The Missile — and sadly realized that he had a tougher task trying to inspire those same concertgoers in a wee bit of reform back here.

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