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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. 

PI Original
by Steven Ross Johnson
Mon Nov 19, 2012

Illinois Revenue Projections, Allocation Procedures Need Revamping, Report Finds

A new report from the governor’s advisory commission on improving the state’s budget process is calling on lawmakers to find a more accurate way of estimating how much revenue the state takes in, and become more flexible when it comes to how those funds are allocated.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
Thu Nov 15, 2012

Emanuel Calendar Shows Mayor Holding On To National Profile

Through a public information request, the Chicago Tribune obtained Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s daily calendar between January and August of 2012. The Tribune’s focus on the hundreds of pages of documents is almost identical to the Chicago Reader, which did a two-part review of Emanuel’s public schedule between January and November of 2011. In a nutshell, the publications noted that Emanuel meets a lot with business leaders.

Emanuel’s ties with business are important given his policy record of ramming the Infrastructure Trust through city council in April, a nebulous effort to use private money for public projects, and expanding his own role as chairman of World Business Chicago, which coordinated the NATO summit in May.

But perusing through the calendar, available on the Tribune Web site, reveals other elements of Emanuel’s tenure including his national profile and approach to the Chicago Teachers Union labor dispute.