| Jan 25, 2014
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......
| Feb 17, 2014
By Jessica Reynolds Rumors about who might challenge Rahm Emanuel in the 2015 mayoral election have started to circulate, with mentions of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and a handful of...
| Feb 12, 2013
Elliott Cole spent much of his childhood waiting for this moment.
It was a wintry Friday night in Westchester, and legendary St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore walked down the sideline to approach him.
The conversation was surreal, but it was nothing...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 12:55 PM
A group of aldermen are calling for a moratorium on new charter schools starting in 2014 in Chicago, arguing it doesn't make sense to add new charter seats at a time the city is considering closing public schools that don't have enough students.
| Feb 14, 2013
| 5:43 AM
After trimming the number of schools that could be closed to 129, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's school administration has entered the latest and what is likely to be the most intense phase so far in trying to determine which schools should be shut.
| Feb 15, 2013
At the Nathan Davis Elementary School library on a recent Wednesday, Angela Worth, a dental hygienist, brushed cloudy white goo onto a second-grader's molars. Twenty seconds under a bright blue light and the cavity-preventing substance — called a...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 1:45 PM
Hundreds of North Side residents are asking their alderman, Joe Moore, to publicly oppose the opening of future charter schools in Chicago's 49th ward.
On Sunday night, the residents gathered at the Willye White Field House to discuss several issues,...
| Nov 11, 2012
As Nicole "Nickii" Ledcke puts it, she had "legit reasons" to drop out in the elementary grades.
Her gangbanger father had been murdered when Ledcke was a toddler, and her unemployed mother was perpetually moving the family of seven children one step...
| Dec 2, 2012
Six years ago, when University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign officials announced plans to enroll more undergraduates from outside the state, the public outcry was so intense that the plan was scrapped within a week.
But despite the university's...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 11:17 AM
Sarah Elizabeth Ippel's eyes lit up as she peered into the chicken coop at the edge of her school's playground.
"There are a few in there," Ippel, 31, said, pointing to several eggs recently laid by the three resident chickens. "Whoever finds them first...
| May 3, 2013
| 3:18 PM
Making what was billed as his first official public appearance in Illinois since he suffered a major stroke, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., took questions from the press at a charter school at Naval Station Great Lakes outside North Chicago this afternoon...