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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

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.

President Jeffrey S. Gray, of Hales Franciscan High School, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan join a roundtable discussion panel with representatives of Chicago-area colleges and universities on Thursday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Arne Duncan not taking sides on CPS' seeking delay on PARCC test

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Thursday he's staying out of a tussle between the Illinois State Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools over whether CPS students will take a new Common Core-aligned standardized test this spring — at least for now.

Michael A. Alvarez, a commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, at a board meeting in 2011. | Sun-Times file photo

Familiar Chicago names involved in medical pot industry

The Chicago Sun-Times obtained 16 applications from marijuana entrepreneurs seeking a special use permit from Chicago’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Without that permit, the marijuana businesses can’t open. Ultimately, the state will grant limited licenses to this new crop of business owners.

Off Message: Jane Byrne's Life and Legacy

Natasha Korecki is joined by Fran Spielman, Don Rose and Neil Steinberg to talk about the life and legacy of former Chicago mayor Jane Byrne who passed away on November 14th, 2014

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