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By Mark Fitton | Watchdog.org | May 14, 2015 9:28 AM
Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — The governor’s plan to address the Illinois pension crisis got a cool reception Wednesday from Democrats on a House personnel and pensions committee. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan calls for a distinction between benefits already earned and “new” benefits, or benefits earned after a new pension law were passed. Because benefits already [...]
By Fran Eaton | Watchdog.org | May 12, 2015 2:33 PM
As pressure mounts to balance the FY 2016 budget, debates erupted on the floor of the Illinois House over how to fix the state's $6 billion budget deficit.
By Illinois News Network | Watchdog.org | May 08, 2015 10:38 AM
By Mark Fitton | Illinois News Network SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday put Gov. Bruce Rauner on the clock. Come May 14, the speaker said, he’s calling for a House vote on a right-to-work proposal and the governor might want to send the General Assembly a bill on the matter before then. The powerful [...]
By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org | May 06, 2015 4:34 PM
In this week's episode, Yount sits down with Andrew Broy of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, which is pushing for more school choice in the state. Although Illinois has historically been one of the states with the fewest school choice options, the financial status of the state's schools — particularly those in Chicago — is forcing lawmakers to consider some alternatives.
By Fran Eaton | Watchdog.org | Apr 28, 2015 11:19 AM
Last Wednesday at the College of DuPage, thirteen DuPage and Cook County mayors met with 70 manufacturing CEOs to discuss mutual challenges and carve out solutions.
By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org | Apr 27, 2015 5:00 AM | 152
Falling birth rates will cut school attendance in the coming years, but just 18 states require that competence be considered when laying off teachers. That means union-crafted seniority rules will drive the process in most districts, further compromising the quality of public education.
By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org | Apr 17, 2015 2:00 PM
From New York, where charter schools face difficulties because they receive less funding than other public schools, to Vermont, where the state wants to know more about students' sexual identities, to Philadelphia, where books fill dusty basements more than classrooms, it’s been a week of education stories in which the keywords are “less” and “more.”
By Ben Yount | Watchdog.org | Apr 17, 2015 5:00 AM | 14
Add an election that could cost in the millions to the taxpayer tab from Aaron Schock’s fall from grace.
By Ben Yount | Watchdog.org | Apr 15, 2015 5:00 AM
By Benjamin Yount SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — As Illinois schools look to absorb a $150 million budget cut, local districts are asking for two things: flexibility and a break from state mandates. “I personally wish they would just stop throwing things at school districts,” El Paso-Gridley Superintendent Mike Lindy said. Lindy’s schools, and the nearly 900 other school districts [...]
By Ben Yount | Watchdog.org | Apr 14, 2015 5:00 AM
Students and parents in Illinois are upset over a standardized test that's tied to nearly $1 billion in federal money.