| May 28, 2014
| 10:27 AM
As a former student of public schools, I completely support merit pay in Chicago Public Schools. During my days in public school, I watched some of the most qualified teachers leave for better-paying jobs, and merit pay may be the solution to keeping...
| Jun 10, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn took a deep breath and did the right thing Monday. He got out of the way.
Overcoming his election-year jitters, Quinn signed a bill that gives Chicago some tools to arrest its ever-deepening pension crisis.
The measure, negotiated...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 7:33 AM
A Chicago Public Schools security officer sexually abused students at the Southwest Side high school where he works, prosecutors said.
Walter Wells, 34, is accused of grabbing female students' breasts and buttocks over a period of several years at...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 7:29 PM
The village of Barrington has an ordinance that forbids minors from possessing e-cigarettes, and the local school system also bans the devices. But such is the concern over "vaping" — the practice of inhaling nicotine-spiked vapor through a battery-...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 4:59 AM
Paul Vallas, who returned to Illinois last month as Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, has been hired to a six-figure job as a municipal finance consultant by a longtime friend and political supporter of the Democratic governor.
Vallas began his...
| 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 12, 2014
Earlier this year, we told you about a riveting case unfolding in a Los Angeles courtroom. Nine students — among them 15-year-old Beatriz Vergara — contended that strong job protections enshrined in state law, including teacher tenure, made it...
| May 30, 2014
| 4:53 PM
SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers today sent Gov. Pat Quinn a measure pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that would allow the city to raise 911 fees that are tacked on to monthly phone bills.
Under the measure, the City Council would have the ability to raise 911...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 10:29 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday trotted out his running mate Paul Vallas to hammer Republican challenger Bruce Rauner’s position that the state income tax rate should rolled back, saying doing so would result in huge cuts to education and spikes in...
| May 29, 2014
| 5:45 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise city 911 fees on nearly everyone who owns a phone in Chicago began working its way through the legislature Thursday, while Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal to...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 11:51 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing to raise property taxes and cut retirement benefits for some city workers to start digging out of a massive pension debt he inherited.
But the proposal the mayor and his top aides outlined late Monday would not...