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Chicago Teachers Strike

Memphis 'Blue Flu' symbol of pension troubles

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Faced with major changes to their health insurance benefits, more than 500 Memphis police officers called in sick Wednesday for the second consecutive day to protest cuts aimed at helping buttress the city's troubled pension program in a showdown that reflects wider str…

July 09, 2014 6:22 pm
NEA wants Duncan's resignation

NEA wants Duncan's resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest teachers' union wants Education Secretary Arne Duncan to quit.

July 07, 2014 11:59 am

Mayor: Chicago students safer than years past

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, accompanied by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, trumpeted figures showing the latest public school year was the safest for students in the last seven years.

July 02, 2014 5:29 pm

Illinois Education Association endorses Quinn

CHICAGO (AP) — An influential teacher's union has endorsed Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn for re-election over Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur).

July 02, 2014 1:12 pm

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana shouldn't lower teacher licensing standards

Educating today’s children is one of life’s most important tasks.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn campaign focuses on Rauner's business deals

CHICAGO | First it was allegations of nursing home resident neglect. Then an admitted serial fraudster on a retirement funds board. Now it's companies outsourcing jobs overseas.

June 06, 2014 8:08 pm

Gay marriage becomes focus of governor's race

CHICAGO | After weeks of focusing on Illinois' mammoth financial problems, the governor's race turned to the issue of same-sex marriage Monday as gay couples took vows under the state's new law.

June 02, 2014 12:00 am
H-F High School announces May fine arts events

H-F High School announces May fine arts events

FLOSSMOOR | The month of May offers several community fine arts events featuring Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School students. The campus is at 999 Kedzie Ave. For more information, call or click:, (708) 799-3000.

May 08, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn, Rauner spar on education in 1st 2014 event

CHICAGO | Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner held little back in their first meeting of the 2014 campaign, with Rauner telling an influential teachers union that Quinn has broken his promises on issues from school funding to taxes, and the governor calling his …

April 12, 2014 12:00 am
Ill. House OKs Chicago pension overhaul

Ill. House OKs Chicago pension overhaul

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | State lawmakers on Tuesday approved Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal for overhauling two city pension programs that officials say could otherwise be out of money in little more than a decade.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am

Pensions pose latest challenge for Chicago mayor

CHICAGO | Rahm Emanuel has been a force in politics — the mastermind behind a Democratic takeover of Congress, dealmaker in two White Houses and now the hard-charging mayor intent on fixing what ails the nation's third-largest city, no matter whom he ticks off in the process.

April 07, 2014 5:00 pm

Lawmakers fear blame for Chicago pension tax hike

SPRINGFIELD | A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don't directly approve it.

April 03, 2014 3:26 pm

Chicago pension fix gets quick committee approval

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Less than 48 hours after it was proposed, an Illinois House committee gave quick approval Wednesday to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to fix two underfunded Chicago pension systems in part by levying a massive property tax increase.

April 02, 2014 3:36 pm

Chicago among many Ill. cities in pension straits

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan for fixing part of the nation's worst municipal pension crisis is now in the hands of state lawmakers — and it's likely just the first of many from cities across the state seeking legislative help for their employee retirement funds.

April 02, 2014 12:00 am
Turnout could swing GOP race for Illinois governor

Turnout could swing GOP race for Illinois governor

CHICAGO | The Republican primary battle for Illinois governor is coming to a close after an unusual campaign featuring unprecedented involvement by labor unions, allegations of sexual harassment and a millionaire who sunk more money into his campaign than any candidate seeking a gubernatoria…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Rauner: wealth won't decide GOP governor's race

CHICAGO | Bruce Rauner's wealth has been an underlying theme throughout the campaign for Illinois governor, from his choice of wristwatch to critics' questions about his business dealings to rivals accusing him of trying to "buy" the GOP nomination with more than $6 million of his own money …

March 14, 2014 12:00 am

GOP governor hopefuls differ on income tax hike

CHICAGO | The four Republicans running for governor don't completely agree on perhaps the biggest financial decision looming over Illinois residents' pocketbooks — whether to extend the state's temporary income tax hike.

March 12, 2014 9:13 pm

With only days left before primary, can challengers beat Rauner?

Hours after a poll last week showed super-rich, Carhartt-wearing political newcomer Bruce Rauner with support from 40 percent of the respondents, the state's largest employee union announced it was getting behind one of his opponents, state Sen. Kirk Dillard.

March 10, 2014 12:00 am

Pension, gay marriage votes stir primary contests

SPRINGFIELD | Four months ago, state Rep. Christian Mitchell made a tough vote in favor of Illinois' landmark state pension overhaul. Now he's facing the repercussions.

March 05, 2014 10:00 pm

GOP Ill. governor candidates debate unions' role

CHICAGO | A major union's endorsement became a central focus of a debate between the Republican candidates for Illinois governor on Wednesday, prompting questions about the contenders' GOP credentials, accusations of "selling out" taxpayers and pointed exchanges over the role of organized la…

March 05, 2014 8:58 pm

GUEST COMMENTARY: Cold winds blow from Mother Nature, Legislature

There have been two winds blowing at public education over the last several weeks. The first has been the very cold and snowy wind, which have caused many schools to delay or cancel schools. This decision, never an easy one, has been made by superintendents across Northwest Indiana to keep s…

March 02, 2014 12:00 am

Brady, Dillard still confident in governor's race

CHICAGO | Trailing in money and attention in the Illinois governor's race, Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady say they're not worried. They've been here before.

February 26, 2014 7:49 pm

GOP candidates duke it out in debate

For a man who probably would be better off if voters just forgot about his recent problems, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford again shined a spotlight on his own campaign woes during a debate in Springfield on Tuesday.

February 24, 2014 12:00 am
10 area students advance to March 8 spelling bee in Wheeler

10 area students advance to March 8 spelling bee in Wheeler

UNION TOWNSHIP | Ten of the area's best student spellers have clinched a spot at the Kankakee Valley REMC Final Spelling Bee on March 8.

February 15, 2014 5:30 pm Photos


IDOE offers options to make up snow days

The state is giving local school districts a variety of options for snow makeup days.

February 14, 2014 12:00 am
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