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Chicago Teachers Union plans media, pols tour of ‘destabilized’ school communities

    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, third from left, led a rally March 27, 2013 in downtown Chicago protesting proposed school closures. This week the union plans a bus tour to show how past closures impacted communities. Defender/Worsom Robinson.

    Chicago Public Schools opened the doors of Willa Cather Elementary School on the West Side

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Gov. Quinn skeptical about gaming expansion

      Lawmakers pushing to expand gambling in Illinois hope the third time is a charm with a more finely tuned proposal that could make Illinois the fourth state to allow Internet gaming.

      The latest proposal includes some familiar ideas: five new casinos, including one in Chicago; thousands of slot machines, including at Chicago's two airports. But it

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      NIU father pushes for national victim fund

        In this March 6, 2008 photo, Northern Illinois University Police Chief Donald Grady gestures during an interview. Grady was at the helm of the department when the fatal campus shooting occurred. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

        DEKALB, Ill. — The father of a Northern Illinois University student who was killed in a 2008 campus shooting is one o

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Michelle Obama to join effort to stem Chicago violence

          First lady Michelle Obama is joining Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago business leaders in an effort to raise $50 million to address youth violence.

          In a press release Wednesday, Emanuel's office says the first lady will be in Chicago April 10 for a meeting with local philanthropists and business people.

          The group will work to support and expand

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago