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February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

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"We are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values," Kerry ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Feds could be key to unlocking troubling mysteries in Koschman case: Brown

And don't forget the troubling business of the top aide to Mayor Richard M. Daley, Vanecko's uncle, who says he briefed the mayor on his nephew's alleged involvement in Koschman's death within days of the occurrence while detectives working the case ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Changes on the table for Illinois student assistance program

Eric Zamikow, executive director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which oversees College Illinois, said officials have asked the General Assembly for money to help market the program but were turned down last year. He said the program ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Dwindling Midwest High School Grads Spur College Hunt

“You can't create 18-year-olds in a lab,” said Brian Prescott, director of policy research at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in Boulder, Colorado. “Enrollment managers are facing an ... Oberlin, which draws almost a quarter of ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Standard & Poor's reaffirms 'negative outlook' for city bonds

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants the Illinois General Assembly to put off the balloon payment until 2023. That would give the city time to negotiate a painful mix of employee concessions and increased revenues without raising property taxes so high that it ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Changes on the table for prepaid tuition program

Eric Zamikow, executive director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which oversees College Illinois, said officials have asked the General Assembly for money to help market the program but were turned down last year. He said the program ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Illinois House: Budget could be $1.5 billion smaller

John Bradley, D-Marion, said the figure is a "cautious" estimate that does not take into account any possible savings from changes the General Assembly made to the state's employee pension systems. The pension overhaul currently is being challenged in ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Illinois Marriage Equality Court Ruling Has Limited Effect, State And Local ...

... many same-sex couples in Illinois will have to go to Cook County — as six couples had done already by Monday afternoon — or wait until the marriage equality law passed by the General Assembly last year goes into effect to marry in their home ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapers

The Illinois General Assembly has a long history of making difficult decisions during sessions when many legislators are leaving office. The most often stated example, and one of the more infamous, was when Democrats worked together to pass a 67 ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

State auditor slams Gov. Pat Quinn's $54.5 million anti-violence program

SPRINGFIELD — The state's top auditor slammed a $54.5 million anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn one month before the 2010 election, leading to partisan cries Tuesday for a criminal investigation into what Republicans called a ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Governor Pat Quinn to speak at Political Candidate Night

27 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Mullady Theater in Centennial Forum. Speakers will include Sheriff Tom Dart, Michael James, David Orr and Governor Pat Quinn. Here is the full information from Loyola: Thursday, February 27, 2014, from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Illinois Faith Leaders Host Prayer Vigil, Pledge Support For A 'Fair' Income Tax

Click through for more from Rev. Hawking. Each of the faith leaders participating in Tuesday's prayer vigil signed a letter in support of tax reform legislation currently pending in the Illinois General Assembly. “As clergy, people of faith, and people ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Most Chicago Schools Not Reporting Serious Crime to State Database

For years, the Illinois State Board of Education has maintained a little-known database called the School Incident Reporting System, or SIRS, where - by law - parents are supposed to be able find out about every incident of assaults, weapons and drugs ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Charter schools' expulsion rate vastly higher than rest of CPS

As it continues to modify strict disciplinary policies in an effort to keep students in the classroom, Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday released data showing privately run charter schools expel students at a vastly higher rate than the rest of the ...


February 26, 2014 @ 6:02 AM

Chicago Public Schools student asks, "How tolerant is my school toward gay ...

Many people here at Hancock High School think the Hancock community is mostly accepting of the small LGBT community that it has, because you don't hear students or teachers talking about negatively about it.


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