| May 23, 2011
| 5:58 PM
Mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants is declining nationally after years of increases, prompted by laws in Illinois and more than a dozen other states that for the first time limited emissions of the toxic metal.
Now the Obama administration is...
| Nov 25, 2010
| 6:00 AM
Wham! Bam! Ka-Pow!
A bruising brawl involving comic-book superheroes, Saturday morning cartoon characters and extreme sports icons will change the ride and roller coaster landscape of Six Flags' 11 U.S. amusement parks in 2011.
| Nov 12, 2010
| 9:44 AM
It already feels as if 2011 is shaping up as a tweener ye
ar for new rides and attractions at U.S. theme parks.
Last year saw the blockbuster debuts of Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida and the "World of...
| Apr 1, 2011
| 11:06 AM
The new Star Wars' models take shape at Star Wars Miniland renders epic battles, iconic cityscapes and massive machines in an intimate 1:20 scale at Legoland California.
The new Star Wars attraction, which opened Thursday at the Carlsbad kiddie park,...
| Jul 16, 2011
| 2:01 PM
A few years into John Butts' superintendent job in DuPage's Lake Park High School District 108, a lucrative perk showed up in his contract: 300 sick days.
In an amendment to his contract, the school board signed off on 150 sick days in 2006-07 —...
| Aug 11, 2011
Potentially hundreds of failing Chicago State University students received state financial aid even though their grades were so low that they shouldn't have been allowed to take classes, according to testimony Wednesday at a state hearing.
| Jul 16, 2011
| 2:01 PM
Stanley Fields resigned after just a year as superintendent of a suburban Cook County school district where he was put on leave, faced with firing and ultimately required to apologize to the community. Still, he walked away with a $100,000 severance...
| Nov 3, 2010
| 2:53 PM
According to the Illinois Career Information System (ICIS), the job outlook for school counselors in Illinois is high with 329 annual openings and a growth rate of 8.7 percent among all other professions. In the United States, the job outlook is also...
| May 27, 2011
Jean-Claude Brizard kicked off his first day as CEO of Chicago Public Schools with a return to the classroom.
He stepped into Guggenheim Elementary School in Englewood and Juarez High School in Pilsen on Thursday to talk to teachers, principals,...
| Aug 21, 2011
| 10:01 PM
The Civic Federation has thrown its support behind a property tax hike and proposed $5.9 billion budget for Chicago Public Schools in 2011-12, but it has concerns about the long-term financial health of the school district.
In a report released Monday,...
| Oct 18, 2010
Illinois has been cutting the number of points required to pass annual achievement exams, allowing children to flub more questions but still be deemed "proficient."
Back in 2006, it took 36 of 56 points — about 64 percent — to pass the fifth-...
| Sep 21, 2010
| 5:40 PM
America's traditional 180-day school year is more myth than reality in Illinois, as a jumble of state laws, rules and waivers allow districts to chip away instruction time, shorten school hours and cut the number of days students come to school.