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Concept Schools offices in Des Plaines. | Dan Mihalopoulos/Sun-Times

CPS scraps South Side campus for controversial charter school

 
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced details of Illinois' share of a massive settlement. | Sandra Guy/Sun-Times

Bank of America settles mortgage securities case for $16.65B

The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel participate in a Divvy bike neighborhood tour in October as part of Chicago Ideas Week. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Emanuel's plan to expand Divvy bike-sharing hits a speed bump

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to make Chicago’s Divvy bike-sharing program the largest in North America — with 4,750 bikes and 475 stations in 31 wards — has hit another speed bump.

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Rahm Emanuel isn't pleased with NRA attack ad

The National Rifle Association is launching a multimillion-dollar ad campaign against Michael Bloomberg, even though Bloomberg isn't running for office.

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Undermining kindergarten, one test at a time

It used to be that kindergarteners were considered too young for school-wide testing, but times have changed, and from September until June they participate in five sets of standardized tests. This is far too many tests, stressing out students, depriving them of precious time to grow and explore and consuming massive amounts of teacher time that could be better spent educating.

Tom Ryan, president of the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 | Al Podgorski/Chicago Sun-Times

CPS hiring preference not the only thing irking firefighters

A controversial hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduates is not the only thing that has angered union leaders about the December firefighters entrance exam that will be the city’s firs

A packed room listens to Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, as she talks with journalist Walter Jacobson Tuesday night at the Beverly Woods Banquet Hall. File Photo. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Teachers could help Karen Lewis teach Rahm Emanuel a lesson

A Karen Lewis candidacy has something going for it that could help make up for an expected multi-million fund-raising deficit. In the teachers union and its 30,000 members, Lewis would begin a mayoral campaign with a built-in field organization of energized activists capable of reaching across racial lines into every corner of the city, where they already live and work. Before it’s all over, however, Lewis’ teachers union support could prove a two-edged sword in a campaign against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

 

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Then-state Sen. Kirk Dillard leaves the Senate chambers at the state Capitol in Springfield in May. Dillard resigned earlier this month and was named chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority. He presided over his first RTA meeting on Wednesday. | Seth Perlman/AP

Tax revenue surge fuels increase in transit agency budgets

A boost in the six-county sales tax receipts is more than compensating for the operating hit January’s bitter cold caused the region’s transit agencies and should fuel fatter 2015 transit budgets, officials said Wednesday. Regional Transportation Authority officials said they expected regional sales tax revenues to grow 4 percent next year as they proposed doling out a 5.2 percent increase in 2015 operating funds to the CTA, Metra and Pace.

 
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