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Chicago Tribune reportersThe panel appointed to give the public a voice on Chicago school closings is being advised by experts with political and financial ties to City Hall, fueling questions about its independence from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration. The head of the...
Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday released a list of schools that are underenrolled according to this year's attendance figures, providing additional data for a commission that is studying school closings but may not weigh in on which buildings should...
Tribune reporterTrying to help sell drastic school closings this year, Chicago Public Schools is planning to commit to a five-year moratorium on shuttering schools starting in fall 2013. New schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced the commitment to a moratorium Monday...
Pension reform in Illinois got a rare legislative victory when the General Assembly moved to close loopholes that allowed labor leaders to land six-figure public pensions based on their much higher union salaries. The measure, which deals with abuses...
Tags: Trials, Pension and Welfare, Government, Tom Cross, Judges
Tribune staff reporterAs America's banking system began to freeze in mid-2008, Juan Rangel's nonprofit United Neighborhood Organization was in trouble. Because of a gubernatorial funding veto, the Latino group, which runs one of Chicago's largest charter school networks,...
As I light my pipe, take up my quill pen and sheepskin and once again prepare to write another volume of The Kassopedia — the repository of the world's great knowledge — I'm reminded of a snarky reader. She calls herself, "Your long...
"If you can't make it here," many Chicagoans have told me over the years, "you can't make it anywhere." That's why educators, politicians and labor organizers across the nation are keeping a close eye on the city's teachers strike. For public workers'...
Tags: Government, White House, Unions, Strikes, Parties and Movements
Growing up on a foreboding South Side block near Brainerd Park, Brooks College Prep senior running back Cleveland Clark considers every day a gift. Not to mention a challenge. "I know what type of neighborhood I live in so I do my best not to even be...
Change of SubjectFrom the Sun-Times: In the live survey (of 500 registered Chicago voters) done by McKeon & Associates, a Joliet-based opinion polling company, 47 percent support the strike, 39 percent oppose it and 14 percent didn’t know. The poll has a......
Change of SubjectWPTV-TV West Palm Beach screen grab, 9/18/12 The periodic eruption of twinkles from the capacity crowd in the Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High School auditorium Tuesday night seemed to lend support to the argument of my critics: Allowing the public......
Change of SubjectFrom Sunday's print column Which side won in the Chicago Teachers Union strike? I’ve heard and been asked the question many times since the union suspended its seven-day walkout and its members returned to the classroom Wednesday. The easy, vague......
Change of SubjectHe plays politics like the Hanson Brothers played hockey... Rich Miller on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel The context here is the anti-union group Education Reform Now's reported $1 million TV ad buy in which Emanuel is seen doing a bit......
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