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Gov. Quinn Seeks to Overcome Pension Setback

    (AP) — After singling out Illinois' worst-in-the-nation pension crisis as the most important issue of his governorship, Pat Quinn could only watch this week as his latest self-imposed deadline evaporated with almost no progress in a Legislature over which he has little sway.

    The governor suffered perhaps the worst fallout from this week's lame-duck

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Cook County Offers Wallet Marriage Certificates

      (AP) — Cook County couples can now carry proof of their marriages or civil unions virtually anywhere. Cook County Clerk David Orr's office is offering wallet-sized certificates for the same $15 fee of a standard document.

      Orr says the pocket-sized cards have been popular among couples since they became available in recent weeks. He says the smaller

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Chicago Expands Homework Help to More Libraries

        Teacher at Library

        (AP) — Students will soon be able to get free help with their homework at any of Chicago's neighborhood libraries.

        Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday the city is expanding its Teacher in a Library program to all neighborhood branches.

        The city is partnering with local universities to bring undergraduate education students into 21 additional

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Report: Don't Close CPS High Schools, Due to Potential for Violence

          Barbara Byrd Bennett

          CHICAGO — The commission created to help decide how Chicago Public Schools are consolidated said no high schools should be closed, according to DNAinfo.com.

          In a report released Thursday, the Commission on School Utilization said closing high schools could increase the risk of violence for students mixing with those from different neighborhoods.

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago