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June 13, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago Public Schools Fail Values Test

If contributing to the rise of global anti-Semitism is one of the outcomes of this “world-class education,” then Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis should all be lowering their heads in ...

June 13, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

New London school board names new superintendent

New London — The Board of Education on Thursday evening voted unanimously to appoint Terrence P. Carter of Chicago the next superintendent of the city's school system. Carter is currently the director and chief academic officer of the Academy for ...

June 13, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago airport chief to leave job this summer

So are most of the concessionaires at Midway Airport, where Emanuel grounded his privatization plan after one of only two remaining bidders left the runway. “When you have the ability to walk in or call and get a meeting with the mayor in an hour, as ...

June 13, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

The start of the climate change class actions?

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, also named in the suits, declined to comment. Several class actions accusing the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to secure levees breached during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were mostly ...

June 13, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Suburban Protective Fish Barrier Draws Criticism

A section of the trail between Willow Springs Road and Route 83 is temporarily closed while the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), the owner of the property, uses the location to construct a three mile-long hill that ...

June 12, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

California judge rightly strikes down teacher job protection laws

Timothy Knowles of the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute tells us that if the California decision is upheld, "it is incredibly important. Labor's main concern seems to be capricious leaders who will fire teachers without due process ...

June 12, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Ordinance Bans E-Cigarettes On CTA Property

Curiously, CTA president Forrest Claypool told the Sun-Times didn't toe the “vaping devices can be harmful” line Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others have used. Claypool said, “The vapors would be disruptive to our customers.'' Well, they are annoying but are ...

June 12, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

CTA: New rail cars expected in 2019

Doubling the size of the base order will result in more competition and a better price for the transit agency, CTA president Forrest Claypool told the agency's board. Claypool said the CTA expects to seek bids by early September, and prototypes for ...

June 12, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Could Cantor-type defeat happen here? It did — twice

Rostenkowski did wind up going to prison as Federal Prisoner No. 25338-016. Flanagan served two years in Congress, losing in 1996 to an up and coming Democrat named Rod Blagojevich. Eric Cantor Democratic Senate Majority Leader Scott Lucas Sen.

June 12, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Rahm Emanuel Ribs Hillary Clinton on 'Dead Broke' Comment: 'Really?'

Even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel seemed a bit skeptical of Hillary Clinton's comments about her and her husband's post-White House financial situation. During an interview in Chicago this morning for her book “Hard Choices,” Emanuel asked Clinton ...

June 12, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Kelly: Delaney will not be charged in harassment cases; will still collect pension

Meantime, county officials have confirmed the names of the women who complained about Delaney and will not be appealing a ruling from the Illinois Attorney General's Office ordering their identities be made public. The Illinois Department of Human ...

June 12, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

The fight to preserve a model public housing project

The primary targets of Mayor Richard M. Daley's ambitious program to cure the city's public housing woes were high-rise projects. Since 2000, more than 18,000 public housing units have been demolished. The CHA promised to rebuild or rehab 25,000 units ...

June 12, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Quinn signs Illinois early education law

Pat Quinn has signed a plan into law that guarantees a higher percentage of state grant money be set aside for early education. The state's $300 million Early Education Block Grant program is geared toward children up to age 5. Quinn signed the ...

June 12, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

DuPage County officials content with most of General Assembly's actions

With the 98th Illinois General Assembly adjourning until after the end of the November elections, the DuPage County Board is taking stock of its legislative agenda for the past year. “We're feeling pretty good about what we've done,” DuPage County ...

June 12, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

California School-Tenure Ruling Turns the Tables on Teachers' Unions

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, became a hero to public school educators nationwide when she called a strike in 2012 rather than bend to the will of Rahm Emanuel, the city's reformist mayor who controlled the district—or thought ...

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