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Nation Dec 31Illinois governor clears thousands of marijuana convictions
Illinois' governor granted more than 11,000 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Tuesday, describing the step as a first wave of thousands of such expungements anticipated under the state's new marijuana legalization law.
Nation Dec 30Newly legal pot sales in some Midwestern states may spark tensions with others
Retailers legally selling marijuana for the past month in Michigan say they have drawn customers from surrounding Midwestern states where the drug remains illegal and, as Illinois prepares to joins the recreational market on Wednesday, officials are renewing warnings to…
Education Nov 01Strike-ending deal will shape Chicago schools for years
The outlined agreement shows both sides secured key victories and fell short on other priorities.
Education Oct 31Chicago teachers strike ends with tentative deal
Chicago Teachers Union delegates voted late Wednesday to approve a tentative deal that includes pay raises over five years, but they initially refused to end the strike unless the mayor added school days to cover the lost time.
Nation Oct 29Chicago teachers strike for 9th straight day
Chicago's mayor accused leaders of the city's powerful teachers union of using "political" issues to hold up a contract agreement to end a strike…
Nation Oct 23As teachers strike, Chicago mayor offers plan to fix $838 million deficit
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who's still trying to settle a nearly week-old teacher's strike, proposed a combination of debt refinancing, tax and fee hikes and assistance from the state Legislature on Wednesday to close a massive $838 million budget deficit.
Nation Oct 19Chicago strike means day off for some, emergency for others
Chicago parents leaned on family, friends and community groups as 25,000 teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district went on strike this past week , canceling classes for more than 300,000 kids.
Nation Oct 17Chicago teachers go on strike in nation’s 3rd largest district
It follows months of negotiations between the union and Chicago Public Schools that failed to resolve disputes over pay and benefits, class size and teacher preparation time.
Nation Oct 16Classes canceled as threat of Chicago teacher strike looms
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a news conference that the district's 25,000 teachers represented by the Chicago Teachers Union would almost certainly walk out on Thursday based on union leaders' reaction to bargaining talks this week.
Nation Aug 22Cyberattacks on Texas cities put other governments on guard
Government agencies that fail to keep reliable backups of their data could be forced to choose between paying ransoms or spending even more to rebuild lost systems. Officials are increasingly turning to cybersecurity insurance to help curb the growing threat.