| 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...
| Jun 3, 2014
Lucille "Jackie" Gallagher was an aide to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan for a decade before working for 12 years as a spokeswoman for the Chicago Teachers Union.
At the CTU from 1991 to 2003, she worked under union chiefs Jacqueline Vaughn, Tom...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 4:02 PM
— James Patterson, king of the airport novelists, spent much of last week being celebrated by the nation's independent booksellers.
On its face, it seems like an irony: Author of unabashedly commercial fiction earns plaudits from snooty vendors of...
| 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,...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 10:14 AM
Good schools have good teachers.
Charter schools have an edge because they can terminate bad teachers.
The Chicago Teachers Union contract makes it almost impossible for Chicago Public Schools to terminate bad teachers.
-- Alicia Burns,...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 5:01 AM
After repeated demands that anti-Semitic remarks by Ogden International School students against a fellow eighth-grader be labeled a hate crime, a Chicago Public Schools official stopped short of characterizing the behavior that way but said the three boys...
| May 16, 2014
| 3:31 PM
A more-introspective-than-usual Mayor Rahm Emanuel reflected on his third year in office Friday, saying the decision to shutter dozens of Chicago Public Schools was the hardest he’s had to make and acknowledging his hard-charge personality has...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Survey modern Chicago — its abundant natural resources, its muscular skyline and powerhouse institutions — and you might conclude that the city was destined to rank among the world's elite.
Not necessarily. Chicago is an engine powered by...