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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Jan 14, 2013

Community Group Brings Together Politicians, Religious and Community Leaders In A Call For Social Justice

Busloads of Chicago and suburban residents filed into the pews of a South Side church Sunday for an afternoon remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. and called on a dozen elected officials to join their push for social and economic justice in the area.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Dec 12, 2012

CTU Holds Education Summit To Push Back Against School Closings, Charters

Hundreds of Chicago Teachers Union members, public school parents and activists began a grassroots education movement Saturday in response to Chicago Public Schools plan to expand charters while closing neighborhood schools at the end of this academic year. Progress Illinois was there to learn more about the movement and their plans.

PI Original
by Bob Skolnik
Tue Dec 4, 2012

Unemployment, Lack Of Education Plagues Illinois Youth

It’s not easy to find a job these days. And it’s even tougher for young people. Far too many young people are disconnected from both work and school which will cost them, and the rest of us, dearly in the future, according to a study released Monday by the Anne. E. Casey Foundation.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Nov 29, 2012

Climate Change Tour Hits Chicago, Encourages Students To Press Institutions To Divest From Fossil Fuel Industry

Longtime environmentalist and climate change educator Bill McKibben’s sustainable tour bus rolled into Chicago last night as part of a global movement to take down the fossil fuel industry. Progress Illinois was there for the festivities. Here's a rundown on the tour's main talking points and messaging for Illinoisans, particularly the state's college students and young adults. 

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
Mon Nov 26, 2012

CPS Proposes Moratorium On School Closings After This Year, CTU Disagrees With Plan

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has proposed a five-year moratorium on school closings starting next school year.

The caveat? That state legislators approve a request to push back the announcement of the schools the district plans to close at the end of this academic year. The district, which should — by law — announce impending school closures by December 1, would like to push back the announcement to March 31, but needs the state legislature to approve the delay.