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Zerina Smith, 38, whose son attends Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy, criticizes overtesting in CPS during the Chicago Board of Education's monthly meeting, held Wednesday night at George Westinghouse College Preparatory High School on the West Side. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Chicago Board of Ed votes to change the way it rates schools

Two aldermen want to make sure employees of concessionaires at O'Hare and Midway airports are protected if new operators are brought in. | File Photo

Aldemen move to protect airport concession employees

Ald. Danny Solis (25th), chairman of the City Council’s Zoning Committee, and Special Events Committee Chairman Walter Burnett (27th), want to require airport concessionaires to either abide by terms of union contracts already negotiated or give workers the power to bargain collectively.

Aldermen warn Springfield not to tie their hands on minimum wage

In a letter to Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, 34 aldermen are sounding the alarm about  an “alternative proposal floating around Springfield” that would raise the state’s minimum wage but “pre-empt” Chicago and other home-rule units from going above it.

Marge Laurino (39th) (left) wants to pressure CPS to implement some "very do-able" ideas to help sleep-deprived teens, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he won't use “preliminary research” that’s “not conclusive” as grounds to mess with the starting time at CPS. | Sun-Times File Photo

Doctors offer solutions to teen sleep deprivation

Despite pressure from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ruled out rolling back Chicago Public School starting times so middle- and high-school students can get more sleep. But, there are plenty of things CPS can do short of that.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Archbishop Blase Cupich share a laugh at breakfast at the Union League Club on Thursday. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times

Rahm hosts breakfast for Cupich

Newly-installed Archbishop Blase Cupich said Thursday morning at a breakfast hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that his modest living quarters at the rectory of Holy Name Cathedral are still a disorganized jumble of empty boxes, but he’s happy to call Chicago home.

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Illinois Supreme Court dismisses red light camera challenge

The Illinois Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge of Chicago's red light camera program after two justices "recused themselves and the remaining members of the Court are divided so that it is not possible to secure the constitutionally required concurrence of four judges for a decision," according to the opinion filed by the court.

Miguel Duron of Little Village and Alma Sigala from the Back of the Yards are among millions of undocumented immigrants concerned they will be left out of President Barack Obama's grant of protection from deportation. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times

Some left out of plan to protect unauthorized immigrants

Miguel Duron has built a decent life for himself in Chicago in the 20 years since he left his home in the small Mexican state of Aguascalientes and slipped illegally across the border near Tijuana. But the Little Village resident has never got maried since coming to the U.S. or became a dad, and on Thursday that may leave him as one of many on the outside looking in when President Barack Obama announces his plan to protect from deportation as many as five million unauthorized immigrants.

Supporters for fair education funding hold up signs outside a House Education committee hearing room at the state Capitol on Tuesday in Springfield. | AP Photo/Seth Perlman

State sees some progress for students, but not poor kids: report

Illinois has made some modest progress educating public schoolchildren overall since 2012, but needs to do a better job of educating its poor children. And that’s a problem now that low-income children make up more than half of Illinois public school children, while state investment in education has been dwindling, according to a new report to be published Thursday by Advance Illinois that's designed to take a “hard look” every two years at the state of learning in Illinois.

Actor-comedian Bill Cosby poses for a portrait in New York. NBC announced on Wednesday that it has canceled plans for a family comedy starring Cosby. | Victoria Will/Invision/AP

Cosby’s accusers shouldn’t be blamed

It makes little sense that some of us are blaming the victims accusing comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Understandably, it was difficult to reconcile the wholesome, TV super-dad as an alleged sexual predator.

Defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. speaks after Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was found guilty on all counts at the Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago, Ill., on Thursday, March 21, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles/Sun-Times Media

Sam Adam Jr. explores running for state's attorney

Michael Sneed exclusive: Sam Adam Jr., 42, the brazen and colorful attorney who represented former Gov. Rod Blagojevich at his first corruption trial, is forming an exploratory committee to run for Cook County state’s attorney in 2016 against Democratic incumbent Anita Alvarez.

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