| Apr 10, 2014
| 10:28 AM
SPRINGFIELD — A Democratic lawmaker from Aurora apologized again today for racial remarks she made on the Illinois House floor during a charged discussion of a bill to regulate charter schools.
During debate Wednesday, Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 1:56 PM
A top state lawmaker and the head of the Chicago Public schools on Monday vowed to support a high-level task force aimed at combating the crisis in K-8 grade absenteeism and truancy exposed by a recent Tribune series.
Speaking at a drop-out prevention...
| Dec 26, 2012
As authorities move to address K-8 absenteeism and truancy in Chicago schools, where tens of thousands of elementary students miss a month or more of school each year, they may not have to look far for workable strategies.
Government agencies and...
| Mar 20, 2013
To address a devastating pattern of elementary-grade absenteeism in Chicago Public Schools and across the state, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn have thrown their support behind legislation to lower Illinois' compulsory attendance age from 7 to 6 or...
| Nov 19, 2012
| 6:40 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn, state lawmakers and Chicago officials on Monday moved emphatically to address a crisis in elementary-age truancy in city schools exposed by a recent Chicago Tribune investigation.
State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, who chairs the...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 11:27 AM
State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia today introduced legislation to create a task force to "address the truancy and excessive absences epidemic" in Chicago's public elementary schools.
The resolution creating the panel would have to be approved by the state...
| Feb 2, 2013
| 5:07 PM
At a West Side town hall meeting Saturday, a panel of elected officials and community activists decried Chicago’s crisis in elementary grade truancy and absenteeism, and vowed to work on reforms that could save countless children from failure in...
| Jan 31, 2012
Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that......