| Jul 16, 2013
| 11:08 AM
The number of Chicago Public Schools students that met state standards on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test plummeted this year because officials raised the bar for what it takes to pass.
Only 52.5 percent of 3rd through 8thgraders met or exceeded...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 4:29 PM
To combat a truancy crisis that reaches into the earliest grades, Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday signed into law a measure that lowers Illinois' compulsory attendance age to 6 from 7 starting in the fall of 2014.
"Too many kids are missing school and...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:54 PM
Phyllis Adams, a harpist, and Monty Adams, a flutist, both moved to Chicago in the 1970s, met in a locker room at Orchestra Hall, fell in love and married.
What they didn't realize at the time was how hard it would be for two musicians to get by without...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:45 AM
A second-grade teacher and an assistant principal have been removed from student contact at Jordan Elementary Community School in the Rogers Park neighborhood while Chicago Public Schools conducts an investigation into their conduct.
| Sep 15, 2013
Conventional digital age wisdom says that the chestnut about the might of pens, i.e. swords, should be amended to specify keyboard strokes, as paper is now passÚ. Likewise, in an era when Chicago's public education crisis seems to be at an apex, with...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 7:39 AM
The CTA will finish mailing all Ventra cardsáby the end of next week to Chicago Card users who have verified their mailing addresses, the agency said Wednesday.
Some Chicago Card users have been complaining on social media that they have not received...
| Aug 29, 2013
On paper, Bill Daley's resume would appear to put him high on the list of those seeking the governor's office: commerce secretary to President Bill Clinton, chief of staff to President Barack Obama and manager of Vice President Al Gore's White House...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 4:48 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he wouldn't have hired indicted former city Comptroller Amer Ahmad if he'd known the ex-aide was under federal investigation in Ohio, but he argued he couldn't be expected to have that information because officials from...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 7:32 AM
Too few businesses in Englewood give back to the embattled and poverty-stricken neighborhood, according to Sunni Powell, owner of Powell's Barber Shop.
To kick off the start of the new school year, Powell and seven barbers from his shop at 1139 W....
| Sep 3, 2013
| 6:29 AM
The CTA today logged its 1 millionth Ventra card tap as it continues to usher in its new fare payment system.
The CTA began officially using the system last month and it is now available to Chicago area university students, Chicago Public Schools...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 12:29 PM
There are many fine books that concern the joys of walking around the city, and I would enthusiastically recommend "Walking Chicago: 31 Tours of the Windy City's Classic Bars, Scandalous Sites, Historic Architecture, Dynamic Neighborhoods, and Famous...