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"If you can't make it here," many Chicagoans have told me over the years, "you can't make it anywhere." That's why educators, politicians and labor organizers across the nation are keeping a close eye on the city's teachers strike. For public workers'...
Do punks and gangs run Chicago's schools? You'd get that idea listening to parents and activists protesting the closings of 61 school buildings by Chicago Public Schools. The schools should remain open, protesters say, because kids will be caught in the...
Tags: Elementary Schools, Gang Activity, Politics, Activism, CBS Corp.
Growing up on a foreboding South Side block near Brainerd Park, Brooks College Prep senior running back Cleveland Clark considers every day a gift. Not to mention a challenge. "I know what type of neighborhood I live in so I do my best not to even be...
Let's not pretend that when you close schools on the South and West sides, the children affected aren't black. Let's not pretend that's not racist. ... Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, speaking at a protest rally Wednesday As long as we'...
Censure de Persepolis: Inapproprié dans les écoles de Chicago That headline in a Paris-based literary publication Monday indicates just how far and fast the controversy that broke late last week at Lane Tech College Prep High School has spread....
Billionaire Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker resigned from the Chicago Board of Education on Thursday. A spokeswoman for Pritzker declined to provide a reason for the resignation. Pritzker is being vetted as a potential candidate for U.S. Commerce...
In late 2009, President Barack Obama appeared on "60 Minutes" and said "fat-cat bankers" were smothering his efforts to craft new rules for Wall Street. As soon as the reforms cleared Congress six months later, the president's top advisers launched a...
Bruce Rauner, the multimillionaire bull in the quaint Illinois Republican china shop, sat down with me Wednesday morning at a diner on LaSalle Street to talk about politics. Are you running for governor? "I am thinking about it," said Rauner, 57, a...
As I light my pipe, take up my quill pen and sheepskin and once again prepare to write another volume of The Kassopedia — the repository of the world's great knowledge — I'm reminded of a snarky reader. She calls herself, "Your long...
A new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows that, halfway through his first term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's overall disapproval rating is up 11 percentage points over a year ago. Four in 10 Chicago voters — and nearly half of the city's African-American voters...
One issue overshadows every other in this election: the crushing government debt that we are leaving our children. Just as World War II defined the Greatest Generation and the '60s defined the baby boomer generation, our generation will become known as...
As nominations poured in for the stupendous Moutza of the Month award for September, President Barack Obama was avoiding meeting with world leaders because he had something more important to do: hang out on daytime TV with the ladies of "The View." "I...
Tags: Barack Obama, Dance, Karen Lewis, Regional Authority, Politics
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