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  • Mayor: Chicago school cuts include layoffs, less maintenance

    Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts — including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation — to the nation's third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after the district paid a $634 million pension bill officials said it couldn't afford.
  • Saving Chicago schools

     Saving Chicago schools
    How daunting is the challenge of keeping Chicago Public Schools operating? Here's how daunting. On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel outlined an everybody-pays-something deal. It would ask for $175 million to $200 million from Chicago property taxpayers. It...

    Property tax freeze, Chicago pension relief advance

    A bill to freeze property taxes for two years and provide pension relief to Chicago Public Schools has advanced in the Illinois Legislature. A Senate committee approved the legislation 9-5 Wednesday. Two lawmakers voted "present." Democratic Senate...

    Madigan sends message to 'triangulators'

    Madigan sends message to 'triangulators'
    House Speaker Michael Madigan likes to send "messages." He doesn't often explain what those messages are, but last week's surprising defeat of a bill to give the Chicago Public Schools a 40-day extension on its $634 million pension payment that was due...

    Chicago schools make pension payment; 1,400 jobs 'impacted'

    The interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday 1,400 jobs will be "impacted" after Illinois lawmakers failed to provide relief and the financially struggling district had to borrow money to make a $634 million contribution to its teacher pension...