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by Aricka Flowers
Mon Apr 4, 2016

Whomp Whomp! Emanuel Lands On Fortune’s List Of ‘World’s Most Disappointing Leaders’

Apparently the editors of Fortune magazine agree with the thousands of Chicagoans who have hit the streets in recent months to rally against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s stewardship over the Windy City.

In one of the magazine’s recent rundowns of politicians and business chiefs, Emanuel made of the list of those who “serve as great examples — of how not to lead.”

PI Original
by Aricka Flowers
Sat Mar 12, 2016

Dissecting Trump’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day In Chicago

Chicago is once again in the national spotlight. This time, the city is making headlines over a protest that led to the cancellation of Donald Trump’s campaign rally at the UIC Pavilion. Progress Illinois analyzes the day’s developments and its possible long-term implications.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
Tue Mar 8, 2016

Lawsuits Seek To Go Further Down The Rabbit Hole Of The Laquan McDonald Shooting Investigation

As the March 15 primary election nears, the controversy surrounding the 2014 police shooting death of Laquan McDonald refuses to let up. On Tuesday, just a week before the primary election, lawsuits were filed against the Chicago Police Department, the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), and the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, who is facing a tough re-election bid, for more information on the case.

Specifically, the suit is calling on the police department, IPRA and Alvarez to release their respective records on the McDonald investigation. The lawsuit was filed by independent journalist Brandon Smith, who — with the help of the Invisible Institute’s Jamie Kalven — pressed for what was the eventual public release of the police dash-cam video of the McDonald shooting.

Smith says the timing of the lawsuit serves a dual purpose in light of the upcoming election.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
Mon Feb 29, 2016

A Flurry Of Endorsements Come Down Monday As IL Primary Approaches & Early Voting Begins

A flurry of endorsements came down Monday as early voting began in Illinois and the candidates gear up for the March 15 primary.

Here’s a rundown of some of the most recent endorsements that were announced in the races for the 8th and 10th congressional districts, 7th and 26th state House seats, and the controversial Cook County State’s Attorney and Circuit Court Clerk posts.

Quick Hit
by Brandon Campbell
Thu Feb 23, 2012

CPS Turnarounds, School Closings Approved Amid Public Criticism (VIDEO)

The Chicago Board Education unanimously approved Wednesday night to close, phase out, or turnaround 17 academically struggling Chicago public schools.

A school slated for turnaround will see its entire staff – teachers, librarians, and principal – completely replaced.

Activists said CPS’s decision targets a disproportionate number of schools whose student populations are made up of predominantly low-income black and Latino students. They warn that turnarounds will destabilize an already fragile learning environment for these students.

Quick Hit
by Adam Doster
Mon May 24, 2010

Alvarez Wasn’t Interested In LG Post

Given how much heat Gov. Pat Quinn has taken for overlooking Latinos when making appointments to state boards and commissions, this brief discussion on yesterday’s edition of ABC 7‘s Newsviews jumped out at us.