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  • Tension running high earlier than usual at Capitol

    Tension running high earlier than usual at Capitol
    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...
  • Illinois lawmaker apologizes for racial comment

    Illinois lawmaker apologizes for racial comment
    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...
  • Springfield gets ugly

    Springfield gets ugly
    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...
  • Illinois charter schools backers rally at Capitol

    Illinois charter schools backers rally at Capitol
    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...
  • Springfield rally today over raft of charter school bills

    Springfield rally today over raft of charter school bills
    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...
  • Chicago officials try to tackle K-8 grade truancy crisis

    Chicago officials try to tackle K-8 grade truancy crisis
    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...
  • Gay marriage, one vote at a time

    Gay marriage, one vote at a time
    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...
  • Lawmakers approve gay marriage in Illinois

    Lawmakers approve gay marriage in Illinois
    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. After...
  • State lawmakers approve anti-truancy task force

    State lawmakers approve anti-truancy task force
    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. The Senate's...
  • Authorities seek solutions for K-8 absenteeism in Chicago schools

    Authorities seek solutions for K-8 absenteeism in Chicago schools
    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...
  • CPS head, lawmaker vow to work on truancy after Tribune series

    CPS head, lawmaker vow to work on truancy after Tribune series
    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...
  • CPS head targets K-8 'dropout pipeline'

    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...