| Jul 2, 2014
| 4:06 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel brought in Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday to help make the case that Chicago Public Schools students were safer during the recent academic year than they were before Emanuel made the controversial decision to close dozens of...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 6:41 AM
Nerves were a little shakier than usual when the 2013-14 school year started in Chicago, as parents and city officials anxiously watched thousands of children heading off to classrooms in unfamiliar neighborhoods because of the district's move to close...
| Jun 15, 2014
If appearances mattered in the sport of politics and government, few would realize how significant a player the diminutive and often disheveled-looking Bill Luking was for the history of Chicago and Illinois.
William H. Luking, a longtime lobbyist for...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 5:26 AM
Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to close a loophole that for decades allowed city employees fired for misconduct to get hired at other government agencies, aldermen have refused to go along when it comes to the hundreds of jobs they control,...
| Jun 18, 2014
Kai Heinecken spent his entire 19-year teaching career at Kelvyn Park High School on the Northwest Side, where he was athletic director, coached several sports and taught physical education and driver's education.
"He liked working with kids and felt he...
| Jun 18, 2014
"Cultural change is hard. Elements of patronage undoubtedly remain in city government. We have never expected that this litigation would produce a perfect non-political employment system."
— Attorney Michael Shakman testifying Monday, some 45...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 5:08 PM
The next set of Cook County property tax bills will show for the first time how much of each bill is going into controversial special taxing districts known as TIFs, county Clerk David Orr announced Thursday.
About 12 percent of county taxpayers own...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 2:10 PM
Even as Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepared for a big fundraiser tonight featuring former President Bill Clinton as his special guest, word spread of a new effort to boost Emanuel's re-election chances in 2015.
A new super political action committee formed by...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 8:43 AM
Three former schoolteachers, with a combined 70-some years in the Chicago Public Schools, sat on folding chairs for a recent production of a play set in a fictional Chicago high school that is slated for closure. They were not the first, nor would they be...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 3:57 PM
This weekend marks the 30-year anniversary of the Printers Row Lit Fest, and there’s no shortage of family-friendly literary fun, with more than 30 events for kids, teens and parents. And those are just the scheduled events. At Just Kidding Park,...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 6:51 AM
Chicago Public Schools has found itself in the middle of a controversy over its handling of anti-Semitic bullying of an eighth-grade boy by other students at Ogden International School on the Near North Side.
Three boys were suspended and apologized,...