| Jun 3, 2014
| 3:57 PM
This weekend marks the 30-year anniversary of the Printers Row Lit Fest, and there’s no shortage of family-friendly literary fun, with more than 30 events for kids, teens and parents. And those are just the scheduled events. At Just Kidding Park,...
| 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...
| May 27, 2014
| 11:09 AM
I was director of Chicago Public Schools testing programs for nearly 20 years. I’m all for accountability; I got a great education at CPS and feel strongly that the current students deserve the same. Using test scores to evaluate teachers seems like...
| 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 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...
| May 2, 2014
| 2:10 AM
A 19-year-old man was shot and seriously wounded along a Safe Passage route in the Englewood neighborhood this afternoon, authorities said, and four others were wounded across the city.
The man was shot in the face and the leg about 3:45 p.m. in the...
| May 4, 2014
Jessica Disu preaches peace to anyone who will listen.
The 25-year-old Chicago-born hip-hop artist, who goes by FM Supreme, will spend Mother's Day with other community activists leading a march from the DuSable Museum of African American History...
| May 2, 2014
| 8:56 AM
Chicago Public Schools today released a proposed $423-million capital plan that is nearly triple what the district proposed this time last year in spending to upgrade its schools. This year’s projects include building the new Barack Obama College...
| May 4, 2014
Next Monday, May 12, more than 10,000 Chicagoans who care about the city will sit down for a meal at various locations to talk about Chicago's future.
Some will be friends or acquaintances. Others will be strangers randomly assigned by organizers....
| 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...
| Apr 23, 2014
Constance Cameron Porth grew up in rural Libertyville, where she developed a love for riding horses, including one of her own that she named Ms. Caroline.
"She rode horses around town like other kids rode their bikes," said her sister Lorrie Burrows....