| Apr 12, 2014
Nerves are frayed at the Capitol earlier than usual this year as state lawmakers careen from political pressure points to governmental crises.
In rapid succession, they went through a primary election campaign, heard Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's call...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 10:28 AM
SPRINGFIELD — A Democratic lawmaker from Aurora apologized again today for racial remarks she made on the Illinois House floor during a charged discussion of a bill to regulate charter schools.
During debate Wednesday, Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia...
| Apr 10, 2014
State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, a Democrat from Aurora, took to the House floor Wednesday afternoon to defend a bill that would curtail the growth of charter schools in Illinois. She was at times sarcastic, at times defensive. She regularly interrupted...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 1:59 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Illinois charter schools advocates rallied inside the Capitol today to protest against a slew of measures this session aimed at regulating the alternative education system.
A crowd estimated at more than 2,200 chanted “I Choose...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 5:06 AM
Feeling challenged by about a dozen bills under consideration in Springfield, advocates of privately run but publicly funded charter schools are set to descend on the state Capitol for a Tuesday rally.
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools said...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 11:54 PM
Top Chicago school authorities are working on new strategies to address the city's crushing pattern of elementary grade absenteeism and truancy.
Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is hoping to build on initiatives that have shown success in Baltimore, New...
| Nov 8, 2013
I once asked a 100-year-old woman which of all the changes she had witnessed in her life were the most astonishing. She named two.
One was the invention of the electric washing machine.
The other was the liberation of women, a revolution that gained...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:51 PM
Lawmakers approved gay marriage Tuesday in a historic vote that saw supporters overcome cultural, racial and geographic divides and put Illinois in line with a growing number of states that have extended the right to wed to same-sex couples.
| May 28, 2013
| 6:10 PM
State lawmakers voted Tuesday to create a top-level task force that would address truancy in Chicago elementary schools, a long-ignored problem that especially affects disadvantaged African-American youth and children with disabilities.
| Dec 26, 2012
As authorities move to address K-8 absenteeism and truancy in Chicago schools, where tens of thousands of elementary students miss a month or more of school each year, they may not have to look far for workable strategies.
Government agencies and...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 1:56 PM
A top state lawmaker and the head of the Chicago Public schools on Monday vowed to support a high-level task force aimed at combating the crisis in K-8 grade absenteeism and truancy exposed by a recent Tribune series.
Speaking at a drop-out prevention...
| Dec 11, 2012
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett vowed Monday to move forcefully to address the city's crisis in K-8 truancy and absenteeism, declaring: "We must work to shut down the dropout pipeline."
She said that "while the district has not fully...