Educators throughout Illinois have spent the past four years preparing for the new Common Core learning standards by developing curricula, adopting new textbooks and prepping themselves to teach challenging material. Yet just as Illinois is about to reap the rewards of this long planting season, some want to backpedal. This effort is led by the Chicago Teachers Union, which reversed its earlier support for these new standards.
Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) says Cook County Democratic Party chairman Joe Berrios had no right to put the party’s resources at the disposal of the mayor. | Sun-Times file photo
Not all Democratic committeemen in Chicago are happy that the Cook County Democratic Party is helping Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election effort. “The Cook County Democratic Party’s Chicago contingent has not voted to endorse anybody yet, and the party cannot circulate until there is an official endorsement,” says Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd).
Gene Lee, Richard M. Daley's former deputy chief of staff won't serve any time behind bars. | Al Podgorski/Chicago Sun-Times
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s deputy chief of staff was spared a prison term Thursday for stealing nearly $100,000 from a Chinatown charity.
President Barack Obama, right, talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as he walks off Air Force One after arriving at O'Hare during a visit to Chicago in May. | AP file
Determined to resurrect his plummeting support among African-American voters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dropping plans to name a new, $60 million selective enrollment high school on the Near North Side after his former boss, President Barack Obama.
Sneed is told that tightrope daredevil Nik Wallenda, who refuses to use a safety net, is still working out the legal kinks to conduct his Chicago skyscraper shuffle Nov. 2.
About 14 percent of people in the Chicago metropolitan area, or more than 1.3 million people, lived below the poverty line in 2013, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. For children, the rate is significantly higher, with one in five living in poverty.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new ordinance, which is expected to be introduced to the City Council next month, would ensure that huge new signs will not spoil Chicago’s downtown Riverwalk area. “Look. My sign is wonderful,” Donald Trump said. “It’s iconic. It’s Chicago’s Hollywood sign. We did a poll and 64 percent of the people love it. Everybody stops to snap pictures of it.” | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP
“The mayor’s new sign ordinance will ensure nobody else will have a sign like mine,” Donald Trump said. “Isn’t that what everybody would want?”
People protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson last month. File Photo. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times
There is no doubt in Tamara Ball’s mind her son was murdered during a confrontation with Chicago police officers in July. Ball, the biological mother of 16-year-old Warren Robinson, claims witnesses saw him with his hands in the air before he was fatally shot. But Police said the teen crawled from under a car and pointed a .387 caliber semiautomatic pistol at two police officers.
In federal court on Wednesday, lawyers for C. Gregory Turner alleged that state Sen. Donne Trotter (pictured in 2012) took $2,000 in cash from a convicted felon who got the money from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Indian businessman. Turner’s attorneys hinted that other Chicago politicians also were approached as part of a federal sting in 2009. | John Smierciak/AP
State Sen. Donne Trotter took $2,000 in cash from a convicted felon who got the money from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Indian businessman, lawyers for a South Side man allege. And C. Gregory Turner’s attorneys hinted that other Chicago politicians also were approached as part of a federal sting in 2009. Turner is due to stand trial later this month for illegally lobbying on behalf of Zimbabwean president and international pariah Robert Mugabe.
This might come as a shock to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. But I can read her Tweets. I say this because for some reason months ago, Lewis blocked me as a follower after I tried sending her a direct message to follow up on a story.
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