| Sep 11, 2012
| 12:54 PM
Several good friends of mine work as Chicago Public School teachers, and as the strike continues this week, I can’t help but point out it seems like Chicago’s great at coughing up money for Olympic bids, NATO summits, and TIFF slush funds, but...
| Apr 23, 2012
Walking into a new corporate space her team designed in River North for Whole Foods Market Inc., Nila Leiserowitz pointed out a long lunch table visible from the front entrance instead of hidden in a back room.
The 36,000-square-foot space,...
| Jul 15, 2012
It was just after Labor Day in 2008 when Malia Burns took a break from the commotion at the Seattle wedding reception of her dear high school friend, Rose Pierce.
Alone in a small alcove away from the action, Malia was watching the Ohio State-USC game on...
| 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...
| Jul 23, 2012
| 11:11 AM
With uncertainty still surrounding the next Chicago Public Schools budget because of contract talks with teachers, dozens of charter school advocates Monday packed an auditorium inside a LEARN charter school on the West Side to call on the district to...
| 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...
| Aug 27, 2012
As America's banking system began to freeze in mid-2008, Juan Rangel's nonprofit United Neighborhood Organization was in trouble.
Because of a gubernatorial funding veto, the Latino group, which runs one of Chicago's largest charter school networks,...