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by Matthew Blake
Thu May 24, 2012

CTU Throws Down The Gauntlet In Fiery Rally (VIDEO)

Teacher union leaders staged a charged rally in downtown Chicago yesterday punctuated by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis asking the assembled crowd, “What are we here for?” and the crowd chanting back, “Strike!”

Kristie Mayle, financial secretary of CTU, did say that the union is still negotiating with the Chicago Public Schools over a collective bargaining contract that expires June 30. But the clear message yesterday was one of fierce acrimony toward Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Also, speakers portrayed CTU on the front line of a national battle to preserve labor union rights.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue May 22, 2012

Chicago Teachers Union Gears Up To Speak Out Against 'Harmful' Proposals

Thousands of Chicago Teachers Union members and city educators are set to rally in front of the Board of Education’s headquarters Wednesday in protest of a proposed collective bargaining scale-back and other “harmful” school proposals that are on the table.

Jesse Sharkey, vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union met with reporters Tuesday to clear the air about why the educators are meeting Wednesday afternoon.

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by Matthew Blake
Thu May 10, 2012

Occupy Chicago Outlines NATO Protests (VIDEO)

Occupy Chicago says thousands of protesters will go to Chicago next week before the city hosts the NATO summit, May 20 and 21. While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel views the summit as raising Chicago’s profile, Occupy thinks the event will call attention to their concerns and invigorate the Occupy Wall Street movement that started last fall.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Mon May 7, 2012

Student Loan Interest Rate Debate Headed To The Senate, Study Looks At Impact In Illinois

The rising costs of higher education could get a lot worse for Illinois students if Congress fails to keep interest rates on federally-subsidized Stafford loans from doubling by July, according to the findings of local advocacy group released Thursday.

Data from the Illinois Public Interest Group found that Illinois college students could be in debt by as much as $380 million a year if lawmakers do not renew a 2007 law that cut interest rates down from 6.8 percent to 3.4 percent.

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by Matthew Blake
Thu May 3, 2012

State Lawmakers Vote To End Legislative Scholarships

The Illinois Senate voted today to ban the maligned legislative scholarship program, for which state lawmakers award scholarships to students in their district that attend an Illinois public university.

The bill passed 43-5, with five Senators voting ‘present’. The bill should just as easily clear the House and swiftly be signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.

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