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July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Teachers Union Conventions Reflect Common (Core) Frustrations

In the AFT, two militant locals, the Chicago Teachers Union and United Teachers Los Angeles, led the Common Core fight. There were competing motions, with the passage of the weaker one reflecting the position of AFT President Randi Weingarten that ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Personal PAC wants more answers

As a result of the serious threat to women's health from the Hobby Lobby decision, legislation will be introduced in the Illinois General Assembly seeking to (1) require disclosure to current employees and job applicants to ensure that women know ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Stretch of Chicago roadway named for Mandela

Mandela died in December at age 95. He was elected South Africa's first black president after spending 27 years in prison. The Illinois General Assembly officially designated the roadway to honor Mandela. The Illinois Department of Transportation will ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Parents Dissatisfied a Year After Chicago School Closings

Newswise — One year after Chicago Public Schools closed 50 schools, parents still prefer their children's old schools, which the city treated as “portfolio liabilities” rather than as stabilizing institutions, according to a new report by an ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

State turns in four charter school teachers

So, after officials of the state Board of Education heard sweeping allegations of test cheating, attendance tampering, sexual misconduct and other misdeeds from four former charter-school teachers this week, Department of Education officials reported ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Chicago's biggest high school charter told to fix admissions policy, make it ...

Noble Street's charter renewal with the school district, signed by Chicago Public Schools board president David Vitale last month, says “the application must be available to all parents and students without limitations, such as an open house or school ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Park District Turn To DNA Testing To Determine Cause Of Poopy Montrose ...

Montrose Beach is one of the more popular beaches on Chicago's lakefront but the water quality there is among the worst on the lakefront. According to data collected from the Natural Resources Defense Council, 31 percent of water samples pulled from ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Apartments' demise hurts vulnerable tenants

According to a spokesman for the Illinois Housing Development Authority, the property is “delinquent” on its IHDA loan. “IHDA is currently in the process of advancing funds to pay delinquent fees for utilities and waste management services for the ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

County board votes against rumble strips, most lighting projects

County board votes against rumble strips, most lighting projects. Brian Larsen. The people spoke and the Cook County commissioners listened, voting down a rumble strip project and the installation of two intersection lights proposed by the Cook County ...


July 18, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Text of Rod Blagojevich's appeal

In this appeal, he argues that the lower court's instructions to the jury on this issue “omitted the quid pro quo requirement that the government prove that Blagojevich's requests for campaign contributions were made in return for an 'explicit promise ...


July 18, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Blagojevich Lawyers Try To Overturn Conviction

Lawyer's for Rod Blagojevich are making another argument for why the appeals court in Chicago should overturn the imprisoned governor's conviction. The two page argument refers to an April Supreme Court decision striking down laws that restrict limits ...


July 18, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Obama Wasting Billions Paying Off Buddies and Unions With Immigration ...

This Heartland Alliance is also teamed up with the Chicago Teachers Union, three SEIU locals and the Chicago Federation of Labor. You can rest assured this isn't happening only in Chicago. This is going on in every major city in the country. So, even ...


July 18, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Five Ways Unions Are Trying To Get Their Mojo Back

David Campbell, Local 675's secretary-treasurer said his union and several others in the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor came together to help in the early stages, when number of pro-union car wash workers were fired for their activism. “We ...


July 18, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago violence: The buck stops with you, Rahm Emanuel

In 2010, right before Rahm Emanuel became mayor, the rate for Chicago was 39 percent. But by Emanuel's second year in office, it had plunged to an official rate of 26 percent. (In reality it is even lower, because Chicago has tried to hide how bad ...


July 18, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

'The Mockingbird Next Door' by Marja Mills: an excerpt

It didn't hurt that "To Kill a Mockingbird" happened to be the favorite of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, as he told me a couple of months earlier for a story I wrote about his reading habits. That he was a reader at all surprised some folks. His press ...


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