| Jul 31, 2014
| 2:43 PM
As a former Florida Legislature staffer and a former public service commissioner, I cherished my duty to guard the public interest and seek a balance between the fiscal interests of consumers and monopoly utilities.
For this reason, I respectfully take...
| Jul 29, 2014
Everybody's mad about the "poor door." This is the name critics have bestowed upon the separate entrance for the affordable-housing units at a planned new luxury building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Those who pay market rates would have access to...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 2:40 PM
Shawn L. Jackson has been a principal at Chicago Public School's Spencer Technology Academy for five years. He has some definite ideas about what makes a good school administrator.
"Pursue this career for the right reason — and that is to be an...
| Jul 23, 2014
A Chicago developer that has been among the most active firms behind the conversion of dilapidated, very-low-income housing into market-rate apartments is teaming with the city to offer more than four dozen subsidized units to Chicagoans who make no...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 8:18 PM
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — After 19 years working as a cook at Atlantic City's Showboat Casino, Dave Rose is counting the weeks until he and about 2,000 fellow workers lose their jobs when the casino is shuttered at the end of the summer.
| Jul 18, 2014
| 12:30 AM
"My Hood," a new series of six short films, takes an insider's view of the transforming South African urban landscape, a landscape transformed by a post-apartheid influx of people seeking to make a living in the cities -- Johannesburg in particular --...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 2:58 PM
For children growing up in poverty, the seeds of poor health in adulthood appear to be sown early. But a nurturing parent may be able to foster a child's resilience to such conditions as allergies, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, says a new...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 9:18 AM
The Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its 25th Kids Count data book, measuring the wellbeing of children nationwide across a variety of health, economic, educational and community measures. In some ways, kids are much better off than...
| Jul 6, 2014
For as long as Sarah Hess can remember, she has been an advocate for children in need.
"My mom, Mary Hess, was a teacher, and my dad (the late G. Alfred Hess Jr.) was a school reformer here in Chicago," says Hess, 29. "There was a layer of social...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 5:28 PM
A Los Angeles Unified School District move to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour has thrust the system into the forefront of a national movement and marks another political victory for a powerful labor group — and it's not the teachers union....
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Frank Sinatra's song about Chicago, "My Kind of Town," "a the town that won't let you down," seems dated in light of last weekend's shooting spree that left 16 dead and dozens wounded in 53 separate incidents. According to the Chicago Tribune, "The...