| Jan 20, 2014
| 7:42 PM
The latest round of charter school expansion in Chicago has been met with a long string of protests by parents and community leaders who question Chicago Public Schools' claims that it is pushing charters primarily for neighborhoods where classrooms are...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:54 PM
While Chicago’s Board of Education on Wednesday approved just seven of 17 proposals for new charter schools, the growth of privately run schools in the city remains on a pace sought by advocates.
Five of the seven schools that got the go-ahead are...
| Jan 23, 2014
Joan Ezell told her daughter she would never receive the $250 the state of Illinois owed her.
Sadly she was right.
The 79-year-old passed away Jan. 14, still waiting for the check.
"She got pneumonia and there was nothing we (could) do about it,"...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 4:38 PM
With Chicago staring at a deadline for coming to grips with a $29 billion pension debt for teachers and public safety workers, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is urging unions to help negotiate an agreement on retirement benefits lest lawmakers...
| Jan 23, 2014
Letters to the editor from Naperville, Glendale Heights, Sugar Grove, Glen Ellyn and Downers Grove from the Jan. 23 TribLocal print edition.
I cannot generate much sympathy for those in Wood Dale, Bensenville and nearby suburbs...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column "There's nothin' to apologize for that. There's nothin' wrong with it. And I would do it again and again." — Bruce Rauner on Sweetnessgate Let's unpack this quote, shall we? Rauner, the ultrarich equity investor who is......
| Jan 14, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Parents were concerned for years about shenanigans in the admissions process for Chicago Public Schools' selective-enrollment (test-in) high schools. Our March 23, 2010 story "How VIPs lobbied schools; Duncan's office tracked politicians and others who...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 5:15 AM
The family of a Morgan Park student who was fatally shot after a basketball game at Chicago State University a year ago is suing Chicago Public Schools and Chicago State University, among others, alleging that officials did not take the necessary...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 4:15 PM
Unable to raise the kind of campaign money Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner has collected, state Sen. Kirk Dillard has turned to the checkbook of his running mate.
Since October, state Rep. Jil Tracy and members of her family have provided...
| Jan 15, 2014
"There's nothin' to apologize for that. There's nothin' wrong with it. And I would do it again and again." — Bruce Rauner on Sweetnessgate
Let's unpack this quote, shall we?
Rauner, the ultrarich equity investor who is one of four candidates in...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 5:23 AM
Facing steep fiscal challenges, Chicago Public Schools plans to downsize central office operations by next fall.
The district is considering moving its downtown offices, at 125 S. Clark St., a few blocks away, to 1 N. Dearborn St., the site of the...