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Change of Subject: Perhaps a clue why Emanuel didn’t care about Brizard’s slippery graduation statistics

At Huffington Post, Chicago parent-advocate Julie Woestehoff blogs , in February, a group of Chicago Public Schools high-schoolers busted Chicago mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel‘s chops in a YouTube video (below) for making false statements about charter schools on the campaign trail:[claimed that, outside of two selective enrollment CPS high schools, the …

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New CPS chief fends off hostile questions

Jean-Claude Brizard, 47, is seen by some as a controversial choice to lead Chicago Public Schools. His three years as superintendent in Rochester has been marked by some incremental improvements in test scores and graduation numbers but also frequent battles with the teachers union over discipline policies and performance evaluations …

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Northwestern University’s deception lab

A new form of lie detection could stop crimes before they happen. By Nicole Frehsee With its weathered blue sofa, textbook-littered desks and corkboard plastered with postcards from spring-break spots like Florida and Hilton Head, Room 202 in Northwestern University’s Cresap Hall could easily belong to a frat brother. But …

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For many grads, the old college try’s not enough

Rising number of ‘mal-employed’ settling for low-wage jobs April 19, 2011|By Alejandra Cancino, Tribune reporter Tiffany Groene is waiting tables. Erin Crites is making lattes and iced coffees. And Anna Holcombe is buying and selling gold. These three Chicago women share more than just scraping by with low-paying jobs: They …

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1,700 foreclosure cases halted by court

Judge suspends 1,700 actions after law firm admits affidavits were changed By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Tribune reporter A Cook County Circuit Court judge has taken the unusual step of temporarily halting at least 1,700 mortgage foreclosures after a law firm told the court that the cases contained altered documents, the …

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Tea Party Rallies In Daley Plaza

Hundreds of demonstrators who feel Taxed Enough Already turned up to Daley Plaza yesterday to express their discontent with taxes, big government and other assorted socialist encroachments on America. Steve Stevlic, coordinator for the Chicago Tea Party organized the rally, which featured Tea Party darling Joe Walsh (R-IL) (who leads …

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New Chicago schools chief has record of reform, but irked teachers

By Amanda Paulson Amanda Paulson – Mon Apr 18, 4:22 pm ET Chicago – The man Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has selected to lead the Chicago Public Schools has a track record of improving graduation rates and test scores in his current job in Rochester, N.Y., but has also had conflicts …

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How Rahm Retaliated Against Bad Press

So the day after the “Mini White House Inaugural” was reported, the Emanuel team refused to notify NBC of rare one-on-one interviews allotted to our competitors. The TV business is competitive, but typically politicians and public figures who are involved with big events grant the same access to all-comers. When …

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Chicago police sergeant accused of brutality

April 15, 2011|By Divina Mims, CNN A Chicago police sergeant is facing brutality charges stemming from an October incident caught on surveillance tape showing him repeatedly slapping a unresisting, handcuffed man across the face. At a hearing Friday, a bond $20,000 was set for Sgt. Edward Howard Jr., 48, on …

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Cops dodge questions in David Koschman homicide case

We’ve hit what I call the “FOIA Stone Wall.” “FOIA” stands for the Freedom of Information Act, one of the most important tools in a reporter’s toolbox when it comes to finding out what government knew and when it knew it. Authorities, by law, are obligated to respond. But in …

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Chicago alderman proposes vehicle sticker hike

Associated Press A Chicago alderman says he has come up a plan that could produce more revenue for the city. Alderman Joe Moreno says owners of gas-guzzling cars should pay more for city vehicle stickers. At the same time, owners of electric cars and hybrids should see the cost of …

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Surveillance Cameras in Chicago: Extensive, Pervasive and Unregulated

Yesterday, the ACLU of Illinois released a new report detailing the threats to privacy Chicagoans face under the watchful eyes of that city’s growing surveillance camera system. The report is the first large-scale, independent study of the city’s integrated surveillance system — a system former Department of Homeland Security Secretary …

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Illinois House Passes Smoking Exemption for Casinos

Kyle Hillman: Always Bet on Money It is one of those bills the average person finds hard to believe. In a state controlled by Democrats at all three levels, the corporation still finds a way to win. This wackiness can’t be blamed on a Republican overreach, like we’ve seen on …

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Reporter Mick Dumke Sues City Of Chicago Over FOIA Rejections

The Huffington Post Jen Sabella For years, the Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke has been reporting on everything from the city’s misuse of TIF funds to its lack of recycling. Shedding light on the city’s shortcomings is definitely a way to get on Mayor Daley’s nerves (as most Chicago journalists know) …

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