Chicago Public Schools

Most Voters Want Elected School Board In Chicago

Voters in 37 wards voiced overwhelming support for an elected school board on Tuesday, though it’s questionable whether the idea would really go anywhere.


Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner

Rauner, Quinn Call Each Other “Phony” On Term Limits

Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner accused each other of being dishonest on the issue of term limits, Rauner filed an emergency petition asking the Illinois Supreme Court to decide whether voters can weigh in on the question in November.



Chicago Voters Say No To Taxi Fare Hike

The question did not specify how much to raise the rate for taxi cabs in Chicago. Aldermen put the question on the ballot only as an advisory measure, so a yes vote would not have meant a fare hike.


Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Kane County Voters Reject Tax Hike To Fund Disabled Programs

The referendum would have provided $13 million in funding for programs to help disabled residents who have been impacted by state budget cuts.


Electric Meter (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Chicago Voters Approve Bulk Power-Buying Plan

Chicago residents likely will be able to get cheaper electricity from an alternate supplier, after approving a measure allowing City Hall to negotiate cheaper rates on behalf of residents and small businesses.

WBBM Newsradio–11/07/2012

A group of parents, activists, and teachers delivers petitions with 10,000 signatures calling for an advisory referendum on the November ballot, asking voters whether there should be an elected school board for the Chicago Public Schools, rather than the current board appointed by the mayor. (Credit: CBS)

Group Submits 10K Signatures Seeking Vote On Elected School Board

A coalition of Chicago parents, activists, and teachers said Monday it has enough signatures to get the idea of an elected school board for Chicago Public Schools on the ballot in November.

CBS Chicago–08/06/2012

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Mayor Backs Plan To Buy Electricity In Bulk For Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he’s backing efforts to buy electricity in bulk for the City of Chicago, possibly from a company other than ComEd’s parent firm.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2012

Chicago Public Schools

Parents, Teachers Begin Citywide Petition For Referendum On Elected School Board

A newly-formed coalition of parents, teachers and community groups have begun a door-to-door petition drive to get a referendum question on an elected Chicago school board on the November ballot citywide.


Evanston Township High School

Evanston Residents Vote In Favor Of Abolishing Township

Voters in Evanston on Tuesday cast their ballots in favor of abolishing the township form of government.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

Americans Go To The Polls To Elect The Next U.S. President

Kendall County Voters Nominate Auditor, Recorder; Cut Their Would-Be Offices

Voters in Kendall County nominated a new auditor and a new recorder Tuesday, while at the same time voting to eliminate their positions.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Lincolnwood Voters Reject Bond For New School Building

Voters in Lincolnwood resoundingly repudiated their local school board in the election Tuesday.

WBBM Newsradio–03/21/2012

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District 31 Students Push For Property Tax Hike

Several hundred students, their parents and staff from the two schools in West Northfield District 31 marched and rallied Tuesday, urging voters to approve a tax increase.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2012

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North Shore School District Seeking Tax Hike To Avoid Severe Cuts

A small public school district nestled among two wealthy Chicago suburbs is in serious financial trouble. West Northfield Elementary School District 31 is surrounded by Northbrook and Glenview on the North Shore. It has only two schools and severe cuts are looming if they don’t get more money.

CBS 2–01/25/2012

A ComEd truck parked behind a home after storms caused power outages on June 21, 2011.  (Credit: CBS)

Kane County May Allow Residents To Switch From ComEd

The people who live in unincorporated areas of Kane County may get the chance to opt out of getting their electrical service from ComEd.

CBS Chicago–10/27/2011

Field Middle School in Northfield, Ill.

Northbrook Schools To Cut Teachers After Tax Referendum Fails

In north suburban Northbrook, voters have rejected a tax hike that would have helped close a $1 million budget hole.

CBS Chicago–04/06/2011


Move To Eliminate Oak Lawn Village Manager Withdrawn

Oak Lawn voters who want to change the way government does business in the south suburbs will have to wait.

CBS Chicago–01/19/2011