Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel rolled out his second-term education agenda Thursday at an invite-only speech, saying he wants to expand the number of full-day preschool classrooms and increase the Chicago Public Schools' graduation rate to 85 percent.
Chicago mayoral candidate and progressive Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) is puting a spotlight on the controversial, mayor-backed $55 million tax increment financing project for a new Marriott hotel near McCormick Place.
About 500 Chicago fast food workers and their supporters hit the city's downtown streets Thursday morning to call for a $15 an hour minimum wage and union recognition during a national day of strikes in 190 U.S. cities. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the Chicago protest.
Chicago's minimum wage will go up gradually to $13 an hour by 2019 under a mayor-backed plan that cleared the full city council by a 44-5 vote at a special meeting Tuesday. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the council debate and vote.