| Oct 16, 2013
| 5:13 AM
Thousands of union workers, community activists and a smattering of politicians rallied Tuesday evening on the Near West Side to "take back Chicago" and send a message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and what they dubbed his "corporate, greedy, elitist friends."...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 9:32 PM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Sep 30, 2013
| 5:18 PM
A recent presentation at the Glencoe Public Library looked at "Books on the Chopping Block," featuring members of the Chicago-based City Lit Theatre performing excerpts from the American Library Association's "Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of...
| Sep 22, 2013
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, ruler of the murder capital of the United States, would often open his news conferences with a wisecrack:
"Do you have questions for my answers?"
But these days, with South and West siders afraid for their lives in the...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 7:36 PM
Even as Chicago Public Schools has closed about four dozen schools and blamed a financial crisis for slashed school budgets across the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel this past week has been busy announcing district construction projects.
On Sunday, the...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 3:49 PM
Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard chided former boss Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week in an interview from the safety of his new post at an East Coast educational organization, saying the mayor needs to “learn to let go and allow his...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 5:48 PM
The legal effort to derail Chicago Public Schools’ plan to shut down scores of schools came to a likely end Thursday when a federal judge denied a request for a preliminary injunction sought by parents of students affected by the closings.
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:03 PM
A federal judge has denied class-action status to plaintiffs in two lawsuits seeking to block school closings in Chicago.
The two lawsuits, backed by the Chicago Teachers Union, said students with disabilities and African-American students are...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 9:33 PM
In her first Tribune op-ed, my once and future webcast partner Kristen McQueary of the editorial board takes on Chicago Teachers Union leader Karen Lewis: Let's be honest about what CTU is and what it does. It's a labor union......
| Jun 19, 2013
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis' latest rant has me wondering what determines if a person is considered rich anymore. Lewis stated, "When will we address the fact that rich white people think they know what’s in the best interest of...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 7:23 PM
For the most part, the school year ended Wednesday without a hitch, although a small group of activists staged a sit-in for several hours at one of the schools being closed by the Chicago Public Schools.
A 15-year-old who was part of the sit-in at...
| Jun 21, 2013
My friends, you have before you the ancient scrolls that contain the Kassopedia, Vol. V, a compendium of the world's knowledge.
But first, remember what Sherlock Holmes once said.
The famous fictional detective noted that the human brain is like an...