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Schools Worry About Covering Teacher Pension Costs

Public school administrators told lawmakers Thursday that some local districts would have to raise property taxes if legislators vote to have them cover the cost of teacher pensions.

05/10/2013

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Burbank Schools In Lockdown While Police Hunt Fugitives

A Mercedes-Benz fleeing Chicago Police crashed into a police vehicle on the Southwest Side, then fled to nearby Burbank, putting area schools in the southwest suburb on lockdown as the search continued.

03/06/2013

An Illinois Voter Casts Her Ballot. (Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Lawmaker Wants To Stop Using Schools As Polling Places

A state lawmaker wants Illinois to stop using schools as polling places on Election Day, but the idea doesn’t sit well with local election authorities.

03/05/2013

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No Deal To Delay Sequestration Cuts, Illinois Could Be Hit Hard

With no deal in sight to avoid $85 billion in automatic federal budget cuts – known as the sequester – airports could see delays, some public services might be disrupted, and many federal workers could be forced to take lower pay, layoffs, or mandatory furloughs.

03/01/2013

First lady Michelle Obama speaks about a school exercise program February 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama unveiled a new initiative called 'Let's Move Active Schools' to help schools create a physical activity programs for students. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

First Lady Announces Effort To Help Kids Exercise

Michelle Obama was in town Thursday to kick off a new fitness initiative. As CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports, the first lady even put on her workout clothes to help do it.

02/28/2013

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Illinois To Raise Bar For Standardized Testing

Illinois’ K-12 population will be held to stricter performance standards in state testing.

01/25/2013

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Parents, Teachers Rally To Save Neighborhood Schools

There were rallies at schools across the city today as parents and teachers organize to save neighborhood schools.

01/19/2013

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Indiana Bill Would Require Teaching Cursive Writing

Indiana lawmakers are again considering a push to require the teaching of cursive writing by the state’s schools.

01/08/2013

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Walter’s Perspective: Education Is Next Fiscal Cliff

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson sounds off on lawmakers and their inability to help keep schools running.

12/27/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about teacher contract negotiations in a one-on-one interview with CBS 2's Dana Kozlov at his 5th floor office at City Hall. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Blasts NRA School Safety Plan As ‘Outrageous And Unsettling’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the NRA’s suggestion that school shootings can be prevented by placing an armed security officer at every school building across the United States.

12/21/2012

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Teachers Union: No Sane Person Wants Teachers To Carry Guns In Class

The state’s largest teachers’ union is pledging to fight any attempt to allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom.

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Quinn: State To Review School Security Plans In Wake Of Newtown Massacre

The deadly school shooting spree last week in Connecticut prompted Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to push for a review of school safety measures in the state.

12/18/2012

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Legionnaires Bacteria Found In Batavia Schools

A health scare for parents and students in the far west suburbs: Tests turned up the bacteria that causes legionnaires’ disease at three separate schools.

10/05/2012

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Report: Minority Students Turned In To Police In School Disproportionately Often

An investigation finds a disproportionate number of black and Hispanic high school students are turned over to police for infractions that result in other students being less severely disciplined.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2012

Chicago Teacher's Union Votes To End Strike

Teachers Union Ends Strike, Classes To Resume Tomorrow

Chicago Public School students will be back in class tomorrow, after the Chicago Teachers Union voted to end its strike this afternoon.

09/18/2012

Kirstie Shanley, a Chicago Public Schools occupational therapist, wants to get back to her job. (CBS)

Parents, Teachers, Students: We’re Ready For School To Resume

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley talks with a variety of people who would love to see schools reopen for classes.

09/13/2012

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Plainfield Police Chief Withdraws Idea To Store Guns At High Schools

Plainfield Police Chief John Konopek has withdrawn his request to be allowed to install locked gun safes in three of District 202’s four high schools and its alternative school, Plainfield Academy.

09/06/2012

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Emanuel Denies Report That He’s Unhappy With School Chief Brizard

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says a teachers strike can be avoided, and he’s denying a published report that a strike would shorten the tenure of his schools CEO.

08/31/2012

Jean Claude Brizard appears on the CBS 2 Morning News. (CBS)

Brizard Denies His Job On Line If Teachers Strike

Chicago’s school chief today denied reports that his job is on the line if talks with the teachers union break down.

08/31/2012

Principals of some extended year schools say their teachers are focused on the students. (CBS)

Principals At E-Track Schools Put Strike Talk Aside

The Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago School Board may be at loggerheads when it comes to a new contract, but in schools where classes have already begun, it’s all business.

08/29/2012

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