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The Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan Tuesday to eliminate the state's $100 billion pension shortfall, a long-delayed decision proponents described as critical to repairing the state's deeply troubled finances but that faces the immediate threat of a legal challenge from labor unions.
SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois Legislature approved a historic plan Tuesday to eliminate the state's $100 billion pension shortfall, a long-delayed decision proponents described as critical to repairing the state's deeply troubled finances but that faces the immediate threat of a legal challenge…
Up against a determined effort to curtail state employees' retirement benefits, Illinois' unions are staging an all-out campaign to thwart approval of a breakthrough proposal to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis, specifically targeting a small contingent of moderate Senate Democrats.
When the baby boomers were in school, the expectation at home was to do well in school. Doing well was defined as performing sufficiently academically and behaviorally. Failure would have significant consequences.
It was 50 years ago this Friday that President John F. Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas. Several local public figures recalled their reaction to the assassination and its aftermath.
VALPARAISO | Thursday is Porter County GIVE Day and this year it benefits kids. On this single day, gifts can go further to help improve literacy, healthcare, safety, and quality of life for local youth. A portion of every donation made during the 24-hour event will be matched to benefit 25…
CHICAGO | Across the middle of the country, organized labor has taken one hit after another in places that were once union strongholds: Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin and Indiana, where workers lost bargaining power and saw their ranks shrink, leaving them weaker than almost any time in the past century.
EAST CHICAGO | East Chicago School Superintendent Mike Harding retired effective Wednesday.
When the children of Northwest Indiana arrived for the 2013-2014 school year, they were greeted by enthusiastic staff members ready to make it a fantastic school year.
Many local educators and politicians are calling outrageous a recent law forgiving $91.2 million in loans to charter schools, in light of tight finances faced by public schools across the region and districts that have had to raise taxes to maintain programs and quality teachers. Moreover, t…
After Associated Press reporter Tom LoBianco's story about Tony Bennett’s manipulation of the A-F school grading system concerning Christel House Academy and another 12 charter schools, school accountability measures enacted during the past four years came under scrutiny.
CHICAGO | Chicago Public Schools and city leaders say the state's failure to enact pension reform is to blame for the district laying off more than 2,100 employees — a cut that one legislator described Friday as "more dramatic than anything the state has seen" during its long-festering, near…
HAMMOND | The School City of Hammond wants to implement the turnaround model of school reform at Maywood Elementary School.
EAST CHICAGO | A party spirit filled Club Ki-Yowga on Friday as more than 100 East Chicago public school paraprofessionals and their well-wishers celebrated new union membership and the draft of their first contract.
HAMMOND | Army Reserve David Kuzmar, a tall, sandy-haired veteran, recalls his early struggles with his first days of being a college student enrolled at Purdue University Calumet in the fall of 2009.
CHICAGO | Steelworkers and others will gather Saturday to mark one of the tragic events that started the modern labor movement.
SPRINGFIELD | A Senate committee approved a union-backed approach for dealing with Illinois' pension crisis Wednesday, saying it gives the state its best chance at surviving an inevitable court challenge and getting out of its nearly $100 billion mess.
SPRINGFIELD | The Illinois House approved a plan Thursday that would tackle the $97 billion shortfall in the state's retirement system by increasing employee contributions and decreasing benefits, the first victory for across-the-board pension reform in four years of debate.
What is it with the last two governors and the General Assembly’s obsession with rating and grading Indiana’s schools?
In this fast-paced world of accountability, the public has demanded results that can be easily understood and categorized for quick decision making. An A through F grade appears to fit that need in determining how effective our public schools are -- or does it?
EAST CHICAGO | Inspectors from the Indiana State Fire Marshal's office and the East Chicago Fire Department were working Monday to determine the cause of the fire that destroyed several downtown businesses over the weekend.
SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn proposed severe spending restrictions Wednesday in what he called the "most difficult budget ever," telling a joint session of the General Assembly that the state is virtually paralyzed until it fixes its public-employee pension crisis.
SPRINGFIELD | The top Illinois House Republican and the Democrats' pension point person proposed yet another solution Wednesday to the state's public retirement system debacle, one that signals the GOP's first concession toward shifting teachers' pension costs to local school districts.
For 27 years, Dave Sikes has been watching out for Lake County’s most vulnerable citizens. Fortunately for them, his vision comes from the heart.
As we approach the halfway point of the current session of the Indiana General Assembly, the Northwest Indiana Superintendent’s Study Council has serious concerns for Indiana’s legislators and citizens to consider.
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