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Dart seeks power to oversee financial records of selected suburbs

by Ross Williams

Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart is seeking authority from the Cook County Board to oversee the financial and police records of several suburbs. He spoke about the plan at a gathering of the City Club of Chicago.  


House committee approves $100 million in bid for Obama library

by Kate Rooney

An Illinois House committee voted unanimously in support the construction of the presidential library. Speaker Michael J. Madigan and Rep. Monique Davis, D-Chicago, co-sponsored the bill, now headed to the House floor.


Quinn and Rauner face teachers union, trade barbs in first gubernatorial campaign debate

by Ella West

Incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner confronted each other for the first time before a wary crowd at the Illinois Education Association’s 2014 Representative Assembly.


Alternative proposal to fix pension crisis lands at City Hall

by Ella West

  A nonpartisan research organization distributed copies of its proposal to reform pensions to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office and the City Council.


‘Career offender’ foiled by off-duty cop gets 16 years

by Ross Williams

Hillside man sentenced after off-duty officer witnessed robber grabbing money from till at Northwest Side bank.


Testimony mounts for and against Chicago-only casino option

by Vanessa Beene and Ella Sonja West

At the first round of public hearings for the gambling expansion bill, those for and against the Chicago casino expressed their opinions Wednesday.


Groups advocate to modify CPS 'zero tolerance' conduct policy

by DeJonique Garrison

Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE) met at the Chicago Board of Education Wednesday morning in support of Senate Bill 3004. The goal of the bill is to modify the current ‘zero tolerance’ conduct policy in CPS. It is scheduled for a vote in May.


Bartenders pour for breast cancer cure

by Jenn Stanley

The best in Chicago's service industry stepped out from behind their bars to duke it out in front of a packed crowd for the title of Ms. Speed Rack Chicago. All of the proceeds for Speed Rack events go to breast cancer research, education and prevention.


Republican Congressman stumps for renewal of terrorism insurance law

by Matthew L. Schehl

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-14th, argued to renew the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act at a meeting of insurance industry experts in Chicago. The law covers some financial losses incurred by insurers in the event of payouts due to 9/11-style terrorist attacks against major Chicago commercial properties.     


Protesters urge immigration and justice reform

by Nicole Blanchard

Protesters marched earlier this week under the slogan “People Are Not Illegal” to promote federal immigration reform and Illinois Ban the Box


West Side elementary school fights back against CPS 'turnaround' proposal

by DeJonique Garrison and Kate Rooney

North Lawndale community members spoke out against the CPS proposal to replace the teaching staff at Dvorak Technology Academy and hand the reins to an outside management agency. The school, which ranks far below the district’s average, will learn its fate when the Board announces its decision on April 23.

From coverage to care: UIC’s trans health care forum

by Jenn Stanley

Gender affirming surgery is now part of student health care coverage at the University of Illinois Chicago. Still, many trans students say are having trouble getting compassionate, competent care. At a trans health forum at UIC on Wednesday, students, doctors and other members of the community discussed what was working, wasn't working and what could be done to improve care for trans and gender non-conforming students.

11 arrested at immigration policy protest

by Nicole Blanchard

Broadview police arrested 11 demonstrators during a rally protesting immigration and deportation policy. Part of a two-day 2 Million Too Many march, the protest took place outside the Broadview Detention Center. The protestors said they hope their actions encourage President Obama to use his executive power to stop deportation.


Private school parents, activists outraged over new MAP test guidelines

by DeJonique Garrison

Dozens of residents and community leaders voiced their frustration with CPS over the lack of notice before implementing new rules for the standardized exam, which is now mandatory for students seeking admission into one of the city’s selective enrollment high schools.


Chicago rallies for equal pay for women

by Ella West

Women make only 77 cents for every $1 men make, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Chicagoans gathered to demand equal pay for equal work.

Cinderella Stories: Aurora Public Library offers free dresses to local teens

by Kate Rooney

High school prom is a month away, and poses a challenge for girls without a disposable income. Aurora Public Library offered a more affordable option on Saturday: a gently used gown in exchange for a can of food.  

West Side man charged with underage sex trafficking pleads not guilty

by Ross Williams

Suspect and an alleged female accomplice face a maximum sentence of life in prison for forcing girls into prostitution and advertising provocative photos of them on the Internet.