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February 26, 2015 @ 6:03 AM

New bill seeks to resurrect controversial college “legislative scholarships ...

Under Jones' proposal each General Assembly member would have the power to award four one-year scholarships, and two four-year ones on an annual basis, according to the legislation. Previously, lawmakers could award up to ... What wouldn't change is ...

February 26, 2015 @ 6:03 AM

Lawsuit: Pot-growing company allegedly met with ex-Gov. Quinn before license ...

A company that lost out on a coveted medical marijuana farming license alleges its successful competitor met with former Gov. Pat Quinn before his administration made recommendations on who should get the licenses, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook ...

February 26, 2015 @ 6:03 AM

Rahm Emanuel Seemed Unstoppable—Until He Ticked Off Chicago's Teachers ...

Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, the candidate of progressive labor groups such as the Chicago Teachers Union and the defender of public education and public services that have been threatened by Emanuel's “pay-to-play” politics and ...

February 26, 2015 @ 6:03 AM

Chicago Teachers Force Rahm into a Runoff

On election night the Chicago Teachers Union and its new independent political organization didn't knock out Mayor Rahm Emanuel—but they did take him down a notch, forcing him into a runoff with the union's preferred candidate, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

February 26, 2015 @ 6:03 AM

Teachers Union On Runoff In Mayor's Race: 'A Beautiful Day For Democracy'

CHICAGO (CBS) – Among the first to back Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in his bid for mayor, the Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday was taking a brief moment to enjoy Garcia's success in forcing a runoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. When CTU President Karen ...

February 26, 2015 @ 6:03 AM

Teachers complain about revised CPS discipline policy

Teachers at the school say they have not been given resources to work with a revised Student Code of Conduct implemented this year by Chicago Public Schools. The goal of the revisions is to replace punishments that keep students out of classrooms with ...

February 26, 2015 @ 6:03 AM

CPS in a bind over snub of state-mandated test, official says

The Chicago Teachers Union and a parent group pressed the Chicago Board of Education for clarity on its decision to have students at only a small number of schools take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams in ...

February 26, 2015 @ 6:03 AM

Adjuncts deem National Walkout Day a success

There were some big walkouts at a few institutions but, for a variety of reasons, adjuncts at many more colleges and universities staged alternative protests, such as teach-ins, rallies and talks. .... The protest at the art institute -- where adjuncts ...

February 26, 2015 @ 6:03 AM

Derrick Rose's injury the latest blow to class of 2008

And not just for the Chicago Bulls, but also for Rose's 2008 NBA draft class. Forget the obvious disappointment that the Bulls have by ... It all raises a question: What happened to the class of 2008, which came in with such fanfare after three college ...

February 26, 2015 @ 6:03 AM

If elected mayor, what would Chuy do?

He likes to point out that, as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's floor leader, he helped to roll back the unpopular sales tax hike imposed during Todd Stroger's tenure as board president. What would Chuy do? We have some evidence from a ...

February 26, 2015 @ 6:03 AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia face different personality challenges

He also touts his current role as the floor leader for County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, a prominent black political leader who once considered challenging Emanuel's re-election but so far has not taken a side in the mayoral race. For his part ...

February 25, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Union that's idled BP's Whiting plant agrees to talks

A further expansion of the strike will depend “on the next round of negotiations,” Gerard said at a labor conference organized by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. “And I hope that happens reasonably quickly.”.

February 25, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel heading to a runoff

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fell short of an outright win in his reelection battle Tuesday — despite President Barack Obama putting his hometown political clout on the line to push his former top aide over the finish line — and will face the second ...

February 25, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel Forced Into Runoff in Bid for Second Term as Chicago Mayor

CHICAGO — Rahm Emanuel, who was easily elected mayor of this city four years ago, was dealt a setback Tuesday. Though he came in first among five candidates, Mr. Emanuel failed to seal a second term by winning support from enough voters to avoid a ...

February 25, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Why Emanuel wants Republicans to vote

It's not often that we pay much attention to Republicans in Chicago. The city hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1927. Its 50 city council members are all Democrats, although they do not appear under a party label on the ballot. And this year, the ...

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