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Mayor Daley Appoints Ron Huberman to Run Chicago Public Schools


Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has chosen CTA President Ron Huberman to replace Arne Duncan (Obama's new Secretary of Education) as head of Chicago Public Schools, reports the Chicago Tribune: "Huberman has run the CTA since May 2007 after for about two years as Daley's chief of staff. He also has headed the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications and was a Chicago police officer, rising to the rank of assistant deputy superintendent."

And commenters on message boards of local news sites are wrangling with another subject.

Tribune: "Another great Daley appointment. The only thing Luberman is qualified for is the principal of the proposed gay high. school.What a putz."

NBC Chicago: "Mr. Huberman has done a great job at the CTA. But is Chicago ready for a gay man to lead the CPS? Progressive cities on the east and west coasts have shown they will embrace a gay mayor, but are the parents of Chicago forward enough to accept a gay man without kids at the school sup? This should be interesting and groundbreaking."

"I don't mind that he's gay. I do mind very much that he has little experience in a classroom."

Catalyst-Chicago - who will replace Arne Duncan: "Ron Huberman? He's Black, white and gay!!! Great choice!"

Yelp commenter, in response to a coment about Huberman's good looks: "QJZ....sorry to disappoint you but, huberman is gay"

On a more concrete note, the Windy City Times reports: "In an analysis, The Chicago Sun-Times stated that Huberman, 35, who has practically no transit experience, has a huge job revamping the CTA. However, the article added that sterling reputation for efficiency should help make inroads with some state lawmakers in order to secure funds. Huberman has a history of helping the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities. Not only does he serve on Chicago House’s board of trustees, but he has supported events such as AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s World of Chocolate."

CTA President Huberman shows off evacuation techniques in city transit in a video posted last month by the Tribune, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wow, all that gay-baiting/bashing just put me off my breakfast. Sounds like the comments you hear from closet case jocks in high school locker rooms.

    Posted by: Clay | Jan 27, 2009 9:28:20 AM

  2. Is that a typo or did the Chicago Tribune actually change his name from Huberman to "Luberman"? Wow, that's taking offensive to the next level.

    Posted by: Dan B | Jan 27, 2009 9:41:34 AM

  3. please gods, let him not have dallies with teenagers of competed in assless chaps.

    we really could use some community representatives that are a little less free thinking.

    Posted by: jack | Jan 27, 2009 9:45:57 AM

  4. speaking of typos... dallies should read dallied. oy

    Posted by: jack | Jan 27, 2009 9:47:47 AM

  5. does this guy have a porn past? he looks very familiar...

    Posted by: john | Jan 27, 2009 9:51:18 AM

  6. Hubba hubba Huberman!

    Posted by: CUB | Jan 27, 2009 9:53:09 AM

  7. Dunno if he's qualified for that job, but he sure is a cutie! If more cops looked like him, I'd stay in trouble! ;)

    Posted by: sparks | Jan 27, 2009 10:20:20 AM

  8. He sure is a hottie!

    Posted by: Luke | Jan 27, 2009 10:49:51 AM

  9. I always had a crush on Ron whenever he was featured on the local news here, and he even had a starring role as my future-husband in my fantasies , but I didn't even know he was gay until now.

    I guess my gaydar isn't broken beyond repair after all! :-)

    He has always seemed to be on top of things (pun intended) at the CTA, and the media and politicos here in Chi-town have always said positive things about him, so let's see if he can deliver the goods with our failing school system here.

    Good luck Ron! God/Yahweh/Allah/Buddha/Krishna knows we need it......

    Posted by: CARIBTONY | Jan 27, 2009 11:00:57 AM

  10. Yeah, hubby and I ran into at a charity function and at Sidetrack on Halsted...he's seems very capable, and is very easy on the eyes....the pics don't do him justice. And he's taken. ;)

    Posted by: michael | Jan 27, 2009 11:21:10 AM

  11. Hands off, boys.

    Posted by: Tread | Jan 27, 2009 12:04:09 PM

  12. Congrats Ron! Do good. Don't let anyone get you down.

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 27, 2009 3:58:13 PM

  13. M N LUV! OMG!!!!

    Posted by: Bryan | Jan 27, 2009 5:05:03 PM

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