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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:44pm
Thu Aug 20, 2015

Health Care Providers Rally Against State Budget Stalemate Outside Rauner Donor's Offices (VIDEO)

As the budget impasse in Springfield rages on, about 50 health care providers and their supporters urged a wealthy donor for Gov. Bruce Rauner to "pay his fair share" in state taxes during a Thursday morning protest. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
7:29pm
Mon Aug 17, 2015

Education Activists Go On Hunger Strike Over Dyett High School's Future (VIDEO) (UPDATED)

Twelve supporters of revitalizing Chicago's Dyett High School campus began a hunger strike Monday morning as they continue their call for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system to adopt a long-proposed community plan to turn Dyett into a "global leadership and green technology" high school.

The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School, which created the plan to re-open Dyett as a global leadership and green technology school, spearheaded the hunger strike. The 12 hunger strikers, including community and faith leaders, education activists and public school parents, held their protest outside the now-closed school, located in the Washington Park neighborhood at 555 E. 51st St.

"We are tired of our voices not being heard," said hunger striker Jitu Brown with the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, one of many groups behind the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School. "There has to be accountability to the public for the destabilizing of schools in our community and the sabotage of our children's education."

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:30pm
Wed Aug 12, 2015

CPS Pushes Back Hearing On Dyett High School To The Community's Chagrin

Chicagoans interested in the future of the Dyett High School campus will have to wait another month for the school district's public hearing on the issue.

Three groups have submitted competing proposals to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to open a new high school at the now-closed Dyett site, located at 555 E. 51st St.

CPS' public hearing on Dyett's proposals was supposed to be held at the start of this week. However, the district announced on Friday that the hearing was pushed back to September 15. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
10:41am
Tue Aug 11, 2015

Protesters Call For A Fair State Budget Outside Home Of Rauner Campaign Donor (VIDEO)

Illinois "Moral Monday" activists protested for a "fair and just" state budget in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood and outside the Lincoln Park home of a top campaign donor for Gov. Bruce Rauner. Progress Illinois was there for the Monday evening demonstration.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:05pm
Tue Jul 14, 2015

Chicago Education Coalition Demands Meeting With Emanuel Over Dyett High School's Future

Chicago education activists took to City Hall Tuesday to demand a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the future of the South Side's Dyett High School campus.

The activists were with the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School, one of three groups behind separate proposals to reopen the now-closed school, located at 555 E. 51st St.

Back in 2012, the Chicago Board of Education voted to phase out Dyett due to poor academic performance. The school, located in the Washington Park community, closed in June after its final senior class of just 13 students graduated.

For nearly two years, the coalition has been advocating for its community-driven plan to turn Dyett into a "global leadership and green technology" open-enrollment high school. Members of the coalition, spearheaded by the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, were also on the frontlines protesting the initial decision to phase out Dyett.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
3:55pm
Mon Jul 13, 2015

'Moral Monday' Activists Engage In Civil Disobedience To Protest State Budget Cuts (VIDEO)

Six "Moral Monday" activists with Fair Economy Illinois participated in civil disobedience during a Monday morning protest in Chicago against state budget cuts. The "fair-share" revenue advocates brought their protest to the downtown office building of Morningstar, an investment research firm whose CEO is a wealthy Rauner donor.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
7:14pm
Mon Jun 29, 2015

'Moral Monday' Activists Protest Rauner's Proposed Budget Cuts (VIDEO)

As the budget stalemate in Springfield continues, several grassroots activists and clergy with Fair Economy Illinois participated in an act of civil disobedience during a downtown Chicago protest for "fair share" state revenue options. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the "Moral Monday" demonstration, during which seven protesters were taken into police custody.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:42pm
Mon Jun 15, 2015

'Moral Monday' Activists Arrested While Protesting Rauner's Proposed Budget Cuts (VIDEO)

Several grassroots activists and clergy with Fair Economy Illinois participated in an act of civil disobedience during a downtown Chicago protest against Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the "Moral Monday" demonstration, during which seven protesters were arrested and another 21 received citations.

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