| Oct 30, 2012
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...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 6:10 AM
She's only been on the job 11 days and Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is already staring down one of her most unpopular duties. She has a month from today to announce a list of schools that will close before next school year.
| Nov 2, 2012
| 8:53 PM
Chicago Public Schools officials plan to ask the state legislature for more time before submitting a required list of school closings.
The deadline is Dec. 1 but the district wants to extend it until March 31 while a commission conducts an "extensive...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 8:30 PM
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...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 6:37 AM
CHICAGO -- Talks were set to start again Wednesday morning with Chicago's school board and striking public school teachers seemingly miles apart from reaching a deal to get 350,000 children back in school.
And as rhetoric and accusations came from both...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 7:53 PM
Talks aimed at settling the Chicago teachers strike inched along Wednesday, while away from the bargaining table debate focused on how Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hand-picked school board would implement an anticipated spate of school closings took center stage....
| Aug 27, 2012
As 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,...