| Oct 16, 2013
| 5:13 AM
Thousands of union workers, community activists and a smattering of politicians rallied Tuesday evening on the Near West Side to "take back Chicago" and send a message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and what they dubbed his "corporate, greedy, elitist friends."...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 4:05 PM
Problem: How can the hundreds of datasets the city releases to the public be transformed into online tools that improve the lives of residents?
Solution: Collect a group of 30 to 40 young Chicagoans every Tuesday in a glass room in the Merchandise...
| Sep 22, 2013
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, ruler of the murder capital of the United States, would often open his news conferences with a wisecrack:
"Do you have questions for my answers?"
But these days, with South and West siders afraid for their lives in the...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 8:11 PM
Chris Pett said the Roman Catholic Church became a safer place for gay people like him Thursday after Pope Francis warned that church leaders have become too focused on issues such as homosexuality and abortion at the expense of the church's broader...
| Jun 19, 2013
Concluding a tumultuous school year that began with a teachers strike in September and was capped by the abrupt resignation of its principal this spring, the Lake Forest District 115 Board of Education started summer on a sweet note after hiring the...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 4:32 AM
Make your predictions for 2013 by filling out the Change of Subject online survey A year ago, I didn’t predict that a book about predictions, “The Signal and the Noise,” would be one of the top selling non-fiction titles of......
| Feb 7, 2013
| 6:27 AM
West Chicago elementary teachers are back in the classrooms this morning after nearly 12 hours of negotiations produced a tentative contract.
Talks began at 1 p.m. Wednesday and the deal was reached around 12:30 a.m., officials said
| Feb 4, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Teachers in West Chicago's elementary school district went on strike Monday after contract talks with administrators broke down over the weekend.
In a message on its website, School District 33 said negotiators representing the teachers union had...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 9:06 PM
Student achievement will now account for 50 percent of the evaluations given to principals in Chicago Public Schools.
The student achievement portion of the new evaluation will be twice the minimum recommended by a 2010 state law. The remaining half of...
| Jan 21, 2013
| 2:36 PM
Did your kids moan that winter break was way too short as you got them ready for the first day back in school? They might get their wish of more holiday time off under proposals catching on around the country to lengthen the school year.
But there's a...
| Jan 24, 2013
As anyone who has ever attended a Chicago Public Schools board meeting knows, there is no shortage of news or opinions on the Chicago schools beat.
Since I first began covering the city's public schools in October 2010, the district has gone through...