| Jan 23, 2014
| 4:32 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......
| Mar 20, 2013
To address a devastating pattern of elementary-grade absenteeism in Chicago Public Schools and across the state, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn have thrown their support behind legislation to lower Illinois' compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6 or...
| May 31, 2013
Illinois children would have to be in school at age 6 instead of 7 starting in September 2014 under a bill that cleared the legislature Thursday in Springfield, giving education officials a tool to fight a truancy crisis that reaches into the earliest...
| May 12, 2013
| 12:29 PM
Chicago voters hold a dim view of Rahm Emanuel's stewardship of public education after a tumultuous year that featured a teachers strike and the mayor's push to close many neighborhood elementary schools, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.
| Mar 11, 2013
| 12:56 PM
A group of black and Latino state lawmakers said today they will push legislation that would freeze efforts by Chicago Public Schools to close dozens of schools beginning later this year, though it’s unclear how much traction such an idea would gain...
| May 21, 2013
| 2:45 PM
The Museum of Contemporary Art celebrated 15 years of performances on the MCA stage with its benefit, "remixed/reimagined."
The evening began with an outdoor reception on the front plaza that included food from some of Chicago's food trucks, plus mini...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 1:56 PM
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis today acknowledged that the issue of impending school closings, coupled with the rapid opening of taxpayer-supported private schools known as "charters," are affecting negotiations, particularly the issue of...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 10:05 PM
In the wake of recent school closings and teacher layoffs, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis took aim Tuesday at the two R’s of her education reform effort — racism and revenue.
Lewis, speaking to the City Club of Chicago, did not...
| May 2, 2013
| 3:00 AM
WASHINGTON – Making official what many Democrats have expected for weeks, President Obama plans to nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker, a longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser, as his new Commerce secretary on...
| Jan 16, 2013
| 6:31 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday night that he will accept online applications from people who want to succeed former 7th Ward Ald. Sandi Jackson and ask a committee to winnow the field of contenders.
The web site will be up Friday and the panel will...
| 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...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 4:57 AM
Although Chicago teachers have signed off on their new contract, the lingering anxiety about the future of the city's public education system surfaced Thursday as aldermen stepped up a call for hearings on potential school closings.