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Teachers Union Charges CPS with 'Educational Apartheid'

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    Chicago Public Schools has engaged in widespread "educational apartheid" by forcing predominantly African-American students into privately run charter schools that often perform worse than their old schools and employ relatively few black and Hispanic instructors, the Chicago Teachers Union is charging.

    In a new report being issued today, the union

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Chicago Police Warn of Holiday Season Pickpockets

      (AP) — Holiday shoppers can be easy prey for pickpockets blending into crowds at stores, on sidewalks and inside packed public busses and trains.

      That's the warning from the Chicago Police Department, which has put out some safety tips for the holiday season.

      Those include keeping purses under your coat, carrying wallets in front pants pockets or

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Grandmother Accused of Abusing Grandchildren

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        (AP) — A Chicago woman has been accused of beating, burning and biting her 5- and 6-year-old grandchildren, and forcing them to eat cat food.

        Goldine Williams was ordered held Thursday in lieu of $200,000 bond on charges of aggravated battery to a child. Authorities say the alleged abuse occurred Oct. 18 and Oct. 19, and was reported Nov. 2.

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Judge to Rule on Motions in Beavers' Tax Case

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          (AP) — A judge is scheduled to rule on several pretrial motions in the tax-evasion case of an influential Cook County commissioner.

          William Beavers' trial begins Monday in U.S. District court in Chicago. The 77-year-old Democrat is accused of diverting campaign funds for personal use without reporting it.

          Among the motions Judge James Zagel is

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago