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April 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Study Guide: The week in education for April 25, 2014

The Chicago Board of Education voted this week to “turnaround” three schools: Gresham Elementary School, Dvorak Technology Academy and McNair Elementary School. That means Chicago Public Schools now will turn over all three schools to the ...

April 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Mayor's Staff Helped Cast Boss' Image on 'Chicagoland'

In May 2013, just days before the Chicago Board of Education – whose members were hand-picked by Emanuel, according to the Tribune – was scheduled to vote whether to close about 50 schools, Levin sent an email to Emanuel senior adviser David ...

April 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Approves McCormick Place Entertainment District, Hotel

“When we started out with this process a year or so ago, there was a lot of opposition,” Jim Reilly, CEO of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) — which owns McCormick Place — said, according to the Tribune. “But with a lot of work ...

April 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Repaving the Path from College to Career

When Cheryl Hyman became chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago four years ago, she found herself leading a system so broken that its graduation rate stood in the single digits. To make it really work, Hyman would have to show a real connection to work ...

April 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Commissioner Spyropoulos Speaks To Students At Earth Day Events

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is an award-winning special purpose government agency responsible for wastewater treatment and stormwater management. MWRD's mission is to protect the health and safety of the public, the quality of the water ...

April 26, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago State University and Chicago House Authority Team up for Youth Summit

Chicago State University recently welcomed the Chicago Housing Authority to campus for a co-sponsored event entitled, Keep Rising to the Top: The 2014 Youth Summit. The all-day conference was intended to engage 200+ youth ages 13-16, who live in ...

April 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Ill. jobs screened after hiring

Rod Blagojevich. After Shakman's motion was filed in federal court on Tuesday, IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell said the 61 jobs currently labeled as staff assistants were submitted for evaluation to the state's personnel agency, the Department of Central ...

April 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Deleted tweets spark controversy in Illinois gubernatorial race

Rod Blagojevich in 2010, Quinn will faces Rauner, a wealthy businessman who far outspent his primary opponents and continues to spend much of his own money in the general election. Calls of racism have come from both sides recently in the political ...

April 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

'My Chicago' is a promising work in progress

If Burke is in the car, I want to hear her talk about being married to a longtime power player like Ald. Ed Burke. Or her recollections of contentious showdowns while sitting on the bench. In my head, I envision Burke's life as a less-glossy version of ...

April 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

A patronage monitor for Illinois?

Rod Blagojevich, now a federal inmate, and continuing under Gov. Pat Quinn — some 200 workers were clouted into IDOT jobs "for which political sponsorship could have no lawful role," then transferred to nonexempt, mostly union jobs where they'd be ...

April 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Emails show Emanuel aides, producers coordinated CNN 'Chicagoland' scenes

If it seemed as though some scenes of CNN's documentary series "Chicagoland" were coordinated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's City Hall and the show's producers, that's because they were. More than 700 emails reviewed by the Tribune reveal that the ...

April 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Rahm Emanuel's $250 Million Property Tax Hike: Got a Less Painful Proposal?

Chicago aldermen are scrambling for less agonizing alternatives to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to raise property taxes by $250 million in order to cushion two underfunded pensions for city employees. Adding to their worries: the ominous question mark of ...

April 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

University of Chicago study links CPS focus on ninth-grade achievement and ...

“Today Chicago Public Schools, I believe is solving, with your assistance, the graduation and dropout crisis that has plagued our city for so many years,” Byrd-Bennett said. Mayor Emanuel said this research drives CPS educational policies. Emanuel ...

April 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Aldermen move to ban plastic bags

With self-congratulation but no debate, Chicago aldermen agreed Thursday to ban plastic bags but exempt restaurants and small independent retailers in a move that will require consumers to dramatically change their shopping habits. “Today for Chicago ...

April 25, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

aldermen pass plastic bag ban

Big grocery stores and franchise retailers would be barred from giving out plastic bags to customers under a proposal Chicago aldermen passed Thursday. After months of negotiations and eventual buy-in from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the City Council's Health ...

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