| 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...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 3:55 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed into law a new state budget disliked by the governor, his running mate and even Republican challenger Bruce Rauner — a $35.7 billion spending plan that bows to election-year political realities....
| 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...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Some of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s biggest campaign donors dropped $950,000 in one day into a new super political action committee created to help back his run for re-election in 2015.
Illinois election law caps the amount individuals can contribute to...
| 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 10, 2014
In April, Chicago Public Schools officials revealed that they intended to grab what turned out to be $650 million from the district's fiscal 2016 budget. They said they wanted to shovel that not-yet-collected revenue into their fiscal 2015 budget to...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 9:44 AM
Former Chicago Public Schools board President Gery Chico on Wednesday placed his three-bedroom, 2,400-square-foot condominium unit in the Metropolitan Tower on South Michigan Ave. on the market for $2.65 million.
A practicing lawyer who was then-Mayor...
| Jul 15, 2014
Consider these six deals: 1. In 2003, the Chicago Park District entered into a 20-year contract that exempted the new Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park from property taxes and from paying for garbage pickup, water and gas. 2. In......
| 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 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,...