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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:23pm
Thu Jan 8, 2015

Progressive Women In Chicago Aldermanic Races To Take Center Stage At Political Forum

Progress Illinois previews an upcoming "Women Against the Machine" town hall meeting featuring progressive female candidates running for alderman in Chicago.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
11:48am
Tue Apr 16, 2013

West Siders Hold Nearby Charters Responsible For Emmet Elementary's Shrinking Enrollment

Emmet Elementary School’s utilization rate is 66 percent, higher than a handful of other Austin neighborhood schools.

Even still, the Chicago Public Schools wants to close it at the end of the year, and that decision continues to puzzle some West Side community members and parents who spoke out against the action before Emmet’s final community meeting last night.

“Unfortunately we have an administration with this corporate ideology of privatizing education that uses our data to punish schools rather than use them as tools to go ahead and improve our children’s education,” said Dwayne Truss with the Austin Community Action Council. “And that’s wrong.”

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
5:21pm
Mon Jun 4, 2012

TIF Reform Tabled

The jury is out on whether Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is serious about reforming the Tax Increment Finance, or TIF, economic development program.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
7:29pm
Fri May 25, 2012

After NATO Summit, Murmurs Of Chicago Olympics

After months of local government, and media, focus on Chicago hosting the two-day NATO summit, it might be time for the city’s political class to focus on more parochial concerns like the reconfiguring of public housing, a highly possible teacher’s strike, and the neighborhood impact of state and city government budget cuts.

On the other hand, the city could just re-live 2009 and put a lazer-like focus on getting the Olympics.

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