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Scores Rise, But Loophole Keeps Test from Underachievers

Illinois schools might be using a loophole to boost test scores. Credit: jupiterimages
In the past two years, test scores at Rich East High School jumped by 37 percent. But those numbers may not be all they are cracked up to be. The Chicago sc...

Summer Reading - Should 'Part-Time Indian' be Banned?

Some Chicago parents think this book should be banned. Image: fallsapart.com
When I was 13, I spent my summer rereading V.C. Andrews books -- they weren't great literature, more like junk food for the brain, so to speak. So it always surprises m...

Teen Impersonates Cop

A 14-year-old boy donned a police uniform, walked into a Chicago police station, and spent five hours patrolling the city for bad guys before fellow officers figured out that he was an impostor. The boy, who was arrested Saturday on charges of imp...

The Obama's first date as First Couple

President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have this marriage thing down pat, I think. While he was in the thick of his Presidential campaign, he returned home on their anniversary, despite her assurances that he didn't need to. And she's b...

Mother goes into labor during Barack Obama's speech

Participate in history being made or have a baby? Which would you choose? One couple tried to do both. Armed with tickets for the Grant Park rally on election night where, they hoped, they would get to see Barack Obama speak as President-Elect of the...

Teenager gets to play trains in Chicago

It appears that three Metra engineers in Chicago are under investigation for allowing a teenager into the cabs of locomotives and even operate trains. The Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation, as Metra is formally known, operates...

Chicago mayor puts gay high school on hold

The Chicago Board of Education put plans for the Social Justice Pride Campus, a high school intended to serve gay and lesbian students, on hold yesterday by putting off a vote on the matter until the middle of November. Although the mayor insisted th...

Chicago considers gay high school

Many cities have alternative schools where kids who might otherwise drop out are given the opportunity to stay in school and graduate. These at-risk kids are often the victims of neglect or poverty and may have already found themselves on the wrong s...

Chicago kids to be paid for grades

Would you have studied harder if you knew there was cold hard cash on the line? That's the hope of adminstrators in Chicago where they are implementing a plan designed at Harvard wherein kids will get fifty dollars for an A, thirty-five for a B, and ...

LGBT high school planned for Chicago

In order to provide a safe haven for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning high school students, the Chicago public school system is considering opening a high school specifically for LQBTQ students. Attendance at the new school woul...

Chicago students skip school in protest

Money is not the only thing that makes a good school, but it certainly helps. There is "no denying the fact that funding allows us to have smaller classes, a deep and rich curriculum and many extracurricular activities," said Superintendent Linda Yon...

Baskin Robbins appeals to moms-to-be

Have plans for Wednesday, May 21st? Well, even if you do, if you happen to be pregnant, make sure you stop by Baskin Robbins. They're offering those expecting a new addition a taste of their own new addition--soft serve. Now, you may say Baskin Robb...

The war on tiny baggies

I was making Ellie's lunch this morning when I realized I was out of sandwich baggies. So, I did what anyone would do under the circumstances: I used something else. I took a piece of wax paper and taped it into a homemade baggie. No biggie. But Chi...

4-year-old calls 911 nearly 300 times in June

I'm always worried about letting my kid play with my cell phone -- because I know that, sooner or later, she's bound to call a number I'd rather she didn't. Like 911 for instance. That's the number a 4-year-old girl from suburban Chicago called 287 ...

Man pays $4,802 for stealing another man's wife

That headline sounds a bit barbaric, but it happened to a Chicago man just last week. In a bizarre love triangle gone wrong one man ended up without the love of his wife, the other man ended up with a large fine and the woman ended up in the middle o...

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