‘Smart cities’ could be next big wireless upgrade – if cities would cooperate
‘Smart cities’ could be next big wireless upgrade – if cities would cooperate
Kevin Glass | January 26, 2017
Smartphones. Smart TVs. Smart watches. And, if the next wave of technological innovation is to be believed, smart cities. That is the premise behind the next wave of wireless deployment. The new technology — “small cells” — would supplement and supplant the giant cell towers that the current network is mostly carried on. But outdated […]
Illinois revenue bill taxes most everything but strip clubs
Illinois revenue bill taxes most everything but strip clubs
M.D. Kittle | January 25, 2017
Strip clubs would get a pass under the revenue bill
Unsung Hero: Illinois watchdogs are raising a racket over local corruption
Johnny Kampis | January 12, 2017
Perhaps the most long-lasting effect of the investigative work done by John Kraft and Kirk Allen with Edgar County Watchdogs isn’t the more than 200 officials they’ve chased out of office, but the viral impact they’ve had.
Scholarship program addresses Indiana teacher shortage
Amelia Hamilton | December 07, 2016
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education's Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is taking aim at the state's teacher shortage.
Nanny State of the Week: Chicago tries again with plastic bag tax
Nanny State of the Week: Chicago tries again with plastic bag tax
Kevin Glass | November 28, 2016
Part 105 of 105 in the series Nanny State of the Week Some of the biggest cities in the United States have taken it upon themselves to wage a war on plastic bags under the guise of environmentalism. But, as many have continued to discover, plastic bags are not the scourge they imagine, and their […]
Almost 1 in 4 Illinois teachers missing more than two weeks of school
Amelia Hamilton | November 07, 2016
Reflecting national numbers, a new report found that 23.5 percent of public school teachers in Illinois are absent more than 10 days in the school year. “This is a concern of the district, and this is something we will be addressing,” said interim Cook County Superintendent Griff Powell. “Teachers with students is a sacred time and […]
Chicago teachers postpone contract vote
Amelia Hamilton | October 26, 2016
The Chicago Teachers Union has postponed a vote on a contract proposal by a week, citing a ballot printing delay. A tentative agreement was reached Oct. 10 on the eve of a threatened strike, and CTU members must now vote on whether they will accept the deal. The vote was originally scheduled for Thursday and […]
First-ever teacher strike at charter school averted
John Bicknell | October 19, 2016
Teachers at one of Chicago’s largest charter school systems announced a tentative contract agreement at 3 a.m. Wednesday, just hours before they were set to hit the picket line. The deal averted what would have been the first-ever strike at a U.S. charter school. Read more here.
Chicago Public Schools reach deal with Chicago Teachers Union
Amelia Hamilton | October 12, 2016
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said this agreement is "invested in strengthening the classroom and helped our teachers financially, but actually did it in a way that CPS is on a better sustainable path than every contract preceding."
Chicago schools inflated attendance numbers
Amelia Hamilton | October 07, 2016
Four schools in the Chicago Public School District were found to have inflated attendance numbers, which affect funding and performance evaluations. “The schools engineered the appearance of significantly improved attendance rates,” Inspector General Nicholas Schuler said, whose office has recommended penalties for the 20 staffers involved in falsifying the numbers. Read more here.