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Board votes for 3 elementary schools to be 'turned around' for the fall term

by DeJonique Garrison

 The Chicago Board of Education unanimouosly voted, Wednesday, to "turn around" Gresham, Dvorak, and McNair elementary schools, citing chronic under performance. The Academy for Urban School Leadership, which operates charter schools in Chicago, will take control beginning July 1st.   


Illinois health officials investigating 2014 mumps outbreak

by Jenn Stanley

Officials say Chicago mumps cases are likely not related to the outbreaks in Morgan and Sangamon counties that have left at least 52 people ill.


Rand Paul calls for schools deregulation

by Ella Sonja West

 Sen. Rand Paul spoke to students and alum at the University of Chicago on Tuesday, fielding question about education policy in what some are considering a warmup for a 2016 bid for the presidency.  


Chicago Filmmakers to buy vintage firehouse in Edgewater

by Vanessa Beene

 After years of planning and preparation, Chicago Filmmakers are closing the deal on a historic firehouse nestled in the Edgewater community. 


Rauner, Illinois Republicans push for comprehensive immigration reform

by Nicole Blanchard

Gov. Quinn’s gubernatorial rival and other politicians seek opportunities for legal immigrant employment in the U.S. as a means of becoming more competitive in the global economy. Their position is an apparent departure from national GOP lawmakers in the House.


Charter school company defends 'turnaround' plan

by Kate Rooney

The Academy for Urban School Leadership responds to criticism of the nonprofit group which operates charter schools in Chicago Public Schools system. The final decision and fate of three schools that could be turned over to AUSL will be announced Wednesday, at a Chicago Board of Education meeting.

Advocates argue need for change in affordable housing

by Vanessa Beene

Community input and participation is key to developing affordable housing options throughout Chicago, according to participants in a two-day conference sponsored by the office of Gov. Pat Quinn, the Illinois Housing Development Authority and the Illinois Housing Council.

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.