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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

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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

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

Aldermen 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.

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