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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Apr 30, 2013

Education Experts Question CPS Clout List Kept Under The Duncan Administration

A list kept under former Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan’s administration of clout-heavy Chicagoans and public officials looking to get kids into some of the city’s top schools was made public last week.

Some education experts say the log is another example of the intense competition for too few high-quality school seats in the city and the disparity in education and economic investment in Chicago neighborhoods.

“The fact that there’s so many people who want to get into those schools shows that the people really want a quality education, and the system should be responsive instead of disinvesting in various school communities,” said Eric “Rico” Gutstein, faculty associate with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Mar 6, 2013

Quinn's Budget Address Pits Pensions Against Education, Social Services

Gov. Pat Quinn turned up the rhetoric on pension reform during today’s state budget address, largely putting the blame on lawmakers for their failure to act.

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by Angela Caputo
Mon Mar 29, 2010

More On The School Voucher Debate (VIDEO)

Since seeing his school vouchers measure through the Illinois Senate last week, Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) has heightened the prospect that Chicago could become ground zero in a statewide voucher experiment. But critics say the measure does little to get at the root of Illinois' education shortfalls: inequitable funding.

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by Adam Doster
Thu Mar 4, 2010

Insurance Reforms Fall By The Wayside

When the Illinois Supreme Court threw out a state law placing caps on medical malpractice damages, the court also ditched some crucial insurance industry reforms.  Indeed, state regulators cite those regulations -- established in a 2005 bill that included the caps -- as the primary reason malpractice premiums for doctors and hospitals are declining in Illinois.