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May 31, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Illinois shelving $100M gift to Obama library

The Illinois General Assembly was wrapping up its spring session Friday, May 30, 2014, without advancing a proposal to offer $100 million to lure Barack Obama's presidential library and museum to his home state. Photo: David J. Phillip, AP. FILE - In ...


May 31, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

MWRD celebrates 125 years in operation

May 30, 2014 -- On Thursday, May 29, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) celebrated its 125th anniversary in operation. The MWRD, originally known as the Sanitary District, was established in 1889 after the Illinois ...


May 31, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

City Colleges of Chicago expands tutoring program

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's network of community colleges is expanding its partnership with a nonprofit group that provides students one-on-one tutoring, skills training and career guidance. The organization One Million Degrees currently serves about 100 ...


May 31, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Preckwinkle throws in the towel on county pension reform plan

SPRINGFIELD -- Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle abandoned efforts Friday to pass a pension-reform package for county workers and retirees this spring after her plan withered in the Illinois House in the face of GOP opposition. "Pension ...


May 31, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Neighbors push planned Obama Prep school out of park

Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) said seven alternative sites on the Near North Side have been identified, most of them owned by the Chicago Housing Authority. A few of the sites are controlled by the city, the Chicago Park District or private owners. Once ...


May 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Preckwinkle pension bill hits a GOP wall

Furthermore, the business community has not weighed in on this bill as they previously have with the other state pension reform and Chicago pension reform bills," he said. No response yet from Ms. Preckwinkle's office. But with lawmakers rushing toward ...


May 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

One Size Does Not Fit All: Fighting the Common Core Curriculum

Their argument in support of Common Core - and the federal Race to the Top money that requires states to impose Common Core's rigid English and math tests at designated intervals throughout the academic year - is that periodic assessments will ...


May 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposes strict limits on gun sales

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed a slate of tough gun control measures that would subject gun shops to strict monitoring, including video surveillance of all purchases, in an effort to stem violence in a city beset with an unusually high number ...


May 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Minimum wage ordinance introduced in City Council

Members of the Raise Chicago Coalition, a group that represents labor and community organizations across Chicago held a morning press conference in City Hall Wednesday just before the start of the City Council meeting. Aileen Kelleher, communications ...


May 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Former Mayor Jane Byrne's trailblazing legacy unfairly ignored

I will say her legacy has been ignored by subsequent mayoral administrations, basically erased during Mayor Richard M. Daley's tenure in office, and long overdue for recognition. Today, women are breaking the glass ceiling. Jane Byrne broke it decades ...


May 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago Alderman and Advocates Call for a Raise of Minimum Wage to $15

Advocates for an increase in minimum wage held the conference despite the fact that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel created a task force made up of aldermen and business leaders to study a minimum wage hike earlier this month. The task force will discuss ...


May 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago Teachers Union's Joey McDermott Fights to Serve on Sayre LSC

And at work, the Chicago Teachers Union field rep's best days are the ones that involved verbal battles with principals over teachers' rights. And nothing gets his Irish up more than Mayor Rahm Emanuel's position on funding public education, charter ...


May 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Illinois Legislative Tax Policy Subcommittees Issue Joint Report on Findings

On May 28, 2014, the Tax Policy Subcommittees of the Illinois General Assembly's Joint Revenue and Finance and State Government Administration Committees (Subcommittees) issued their long-awaited Report on Findings regarding the State of Illinois ...


May 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

CPS Investigates Claims of Anti-Semitic Bullying

“Chicago Public Schools will never tolerate bullying or harassment by any student in any school,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement Thursday. “As a district we are committed to ensuring sage school environments in which every child feels ...


May 30, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

District 202 Board of Education approves five new assistant principals

The District 202 Board of Education approved appointing five new assistant principals for next school year, at its regular meeting on May 27, 2014. Jonathan Puklin will serve as an assistant principal at Plainfield High School - Central Campus. He will ...


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