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Jennie Biggs (center), 47, a board member for Raise Your Hand and parent of three students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools, spoke during a press conference Thursday morning at the Thompson Center to call on the Illinois State Board of Education to suspend implementation of the PARCC test for the 2014-2015 school year. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Parents tell state superintendent to stop PARCC test

 
Jennie Biggs (center), 47, a board member for Raise Your Hand and parent of three students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools, spoke during a press conference Thursday morning at the Thompson Center to call on the Illinois State Board of Education to suspend implementation of the PARCC test for the 2014-2015 school year. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Parents tell state superintendent to stop PARCC test

A parent group delivered about 3,700 signatures on petitions against a new standardized test to the Illinois State Board of Education Friday, pleading for a year’s delay on the hours-long test they

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Church must use its women to fullest

I like to think the ghost of Monsignor Jack Egan is rattling around the rectory of Holy Name Cathedral, where Chicago’s new archbishop, Blase Cupich, now resides. If memory serves, Jack’s former small sitting room and bedroom would be just down the hall from where the new leader of Chicago Catholics bunks.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia in October | File photo

Garcia blasts Emanuel for closing 50 schools

Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia blasted  Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday for closing 50 schools and portrayed the incumbent as a big-money “Washington insider” who lacks the “temperament” to “listen and engage” everyday Chicagoans.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he's confident the state supreme court will uphold the pension reform law. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Illinois pension reform law is unconstitutional, judge rules

A ruling Friday by an Illinois judge that a law intended to fix the state’s mounting pension crisis is unconstitutional paves the way for a legal showdown before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel watch as President Barack Obama gives a speech at Northwestern University on Oct. 2, 2014. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Quinn vs. Emanuel in mayoral race? It would be close, poll shows

While Gov. Pat Quinn lost the governor's race against Bruce Rauner, Quinn dominated in Chicago where he had more than a 50-point advantage against Rauner. And with support like that, what would happen if Quinn launched a mayoral bid? A new poll shows he'd be in a tight race with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Business owners seeking medical marijuana licenses faced lawsuits

Two former Goldman Sachs executives hoping to be among those granted licenses to open medical marijuana businesses in Illinois have faced lawsuits in other states. Nicholas Vita and Michael Abbott’s companies have won licenses to run dispensaries in Arizona, Massachusetts, Nevada and Washington, D.C.

Immigrants attend a press conference for families facing deportation on Thursday in Newark, New Jersey. | ohn Moore/Getty Images

A personal crusade against deportation

When Alejandra Renteria began attending rallies for immigration reform years ago alongside her mother, the significance of the movement didn’t register with her young mind.

 
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