Program helps students who dream of being pilots
Amelia Hamilton | March 18, 2016|   1
With an increasing need for aviators, two programs in the United States are working to help students who dream of being pilots get ready to take these positions. Chicago’s AeroStar Aviation Exploration Apprenticeship gives 75 students a year, particularly female and minority students, a solid base in aviation. These students are strongly interested not only in aviation but […]
Senate Democrats OK $3.9 billion spending bill Republicans call a sham
Senate Democrats OK $3.9 billion spending bill Republicans call a sham
Illinois News Network | March 18, 2016|   5
Senate Democrats on Thursday passed a bill to OK nearly $4 billion in state spending while their GOP colleagues called the effort a hoax on the public and even on the institutions the money is intended to benefit.
High-profile Illinois primaries don’t go governor’s way
High-profile Illinois primaries don’t go governor’s way
Illinois News Network | March 16, 2016|   9
The ideological fight over how state government should operate loomed large in Tuesday's primaries.
Chicago teacher’s unions call on city to ‘shut it down’
Amelia Hamilton | March 11, 2016|   7
Strained relations between Chicago Public Schools and teacher’s unions became even more so this week when educators were informed they would need to take three unpaid days off this year, one in March and two in June. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool said this would “chip away at our budget gap,” saving the school district $30 million. Unions are […]
Higher ed officials paint grim picture on state funding
Higher ed officials paint grim picture on state funding
Illinois News Network | March 11, 2016|   3
Higher education hasn’t received state funding outside its pension contributions for this fiscal year, and Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is proposing a fiscal 2017 budget that calls for a roughly 20 percent reduction in spending.
Experts: Right-to-work support in Illinois is somewhat surprising
Experts: Right-to-work support in Illinois is somewhat surprising
Illinois News Network | March 10, 2016|   0
Three of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda items have traction with voters, including right-to-work.
House approves $3.7 billion spending bills that governor will likely veto
House approves $3.7 billion spending bills that governor will likely veto
Illinois News Network | March 07, 2016|   0
Gov. Bruce Rauner will veto the spending bills, and even if Democrats can muster overrides, the money doesn’t actually exist in state coffers.
Chicago charter schools to reopen next year
Amelia Hamilton | March 04, 2016|   10
Three south side Chicago charter schools closed by Chicago Public Schools will reopen in the fall after a state commission overruled the district in an unprecedented move. It was found that Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter Elementary School, Betty Shabazz’s Sizemore campus, and Amandla Charter High School were closed without due process and will thus be allowed to reopen […]
Bill would let Chicagoans elect school board
Bill would let Chicagoans elect school board
Illinois News Network | March 04, 2016|   1
A bill that would let Chicagoans elect their school board members, now appointed by the city’s mayor, sailed through the Illinois House on Thursday.
Democrats fail to override Gov. Rauner’s higher ed grants veto
Democrats fail to override Gov. Rauner’s higher ed grants veto
Illinois News Network | March 03, 2016|   18
Democrats on Wednesday came up two votes shy of overriding Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill to authorize $721 million to fund tuition grants and community colleges.