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by Ellyn Fortino
6:29pm
Fri Apr 12, 2013

Community Groups Picket Chicago Urban League, Demand Meeting With Andrea Zopp On School Closings (VIDEO)

Members of Action Now and the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) protested outside of the Chicago Urban League Thursday, demanding its leader and Chicago Board of Education member Andrea Zopp sit down with them and examine the civil rights impact of school closings.

They also called on Zopp to support a one-year moratorium on the Chicago Public Schools’ recent round of proposed school actions and work with them on a sustainable education transformation plan.

“Civil rights organizations are supposed to work with the community organizations and the people on the ground to get clarity on what is happening in our neighborhoods so that their advocacy is in touch with our daily lives,” said protestor Cathy Dale, a Local School Council member at Mollison Elementary and King College Prep.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:06pm
Wed Apr 10, 2013

Unions Unite, Issue Joint Report Against School Closings

Members and leaders of three unions representing workers in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system criticized the city’s recent round of school actions in a joint report issued Tuesday, saying school closings hurt children, struggling neighborhoods, and working families.

They’ve called on the Chicago Board of Education, CPS and Mayor Rahm Emanuel not to close any schools.

“Strong schools are supposed to create strong neighborhoods,” said SEIU* Local 1 spokeswoman Izabela Miltko. “We all believe that Chicago needs to protect and invest in its children and not tear apart communities, tear apart schools.”

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
8:22pm
Wed Apr 3, 2013

Debate On CPS School Closures Heats Up At Chicago Board Of Education Meeting (VIDEO)

There was no shortage of heated words today at the Chicago Board of Education’s monthly meeting as Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett presented her final school closure plan. Parents, teachers and activists all urged board members to consider the consequences the school actions will likely have on Chicago's communities.

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
5:07pm
Tue Apr 2, 2013

Major Infrastructure Needs Along Mississippi & Illinois Rivers Prompt Bipartisan Legislation

Outdated and deteriorating locks and dams along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers have contributed to a backlog of projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), amounting to $60 billion in unfunded, but necessary, upgrades. Prompted by this statistic, Illinois congressional delegates sponsored bipartisan legislation earlier this month that would encourage private investment in improving the nation’s water infrastructure.

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