| 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...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Forced once again to cover a gaping deficit that this year approaches $900 million, Chicago Public Schools is using a one-time accounting adjustment to make ends meet in a $5.8 billion preliminary operating budget that was released Wednesday.
| Jun 26, 2014
| 5:20 PM
Roughly 1,100 Chicago Public Schools employees are being laid off, among them 550 teachers whose jobs were cut because of declining enrollment, officials said Thursday.
The teachers who were laid off are eligible to reapply for jobs elsewhere in CPS,...
| 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 23, 2014
| 11:04 AM
The top watchdog at Chicago Public Schools, who was responsible for uncovering misdeeds by two school board presidents and dozens of school officials, will leave his post at the end of the month.
Jim Sullivan, who has been the district's inspector...
| 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...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 2:52 PM
The Chicago Infrastructure Trust approved its second project Thursday, a plan to make 141 city-owned swimming pools more energy efficient.
The proposal would not make any cosmetic changes to the city’s aging collection of swimming pools, but would...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 1:42 PM
Starting this fall, all Chicago Public Schools students will be able to get free breakfast and lunch at school.
The high number of students living at the poverty level in the district qualified CPS to meet the required threshold for full reimbursement by...
| Jul 4, 2014
"(W)e have concluded that the provision was aimed at protecting the right to receive the promised retirement benefits, not the adequacy of the funding to pay for them."
— Illinois Supreme Court, ruling that the Illinois Constitution says even a...
| 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,...