HOMEPAGE HEADLINE

Tue, 04/26/2011
Much of the steel that built Chicago was made there. And in decades past, most of Chicago’s trash ended up there. Much of our sewage still does, and it has the city’s only Superfund cleanup site. The Southeast Side, including the neighborhoods of Hegewisch, South Deering and Pullman around Lake Calumet, also was the stomping grounds of one of the...
Mon, 04/25/2011
As his team pulled into Dayton, Ohio at 4 a.m. one day in early April, the head coach of the South Shore Drill Team was confident his sleepy squad of 15 teenagers from some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods had a shot at glory for the first time in nearly 20 years. They had done everything he asked. They had worked hard in practice for months...
Fri, 04/22/2011
Austin Polytechnical Academy, a school established in 2007 to help broaden the West Side community’s academic opportunities and retool perceptions of vocational education, is facing harsh realities as it prepares to graduate its first senior class: lagging test scores, diminishing attendance and dismal reading levels. Last October, Polytech joined...
Tue, 04/19/2011
Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel’s pick to guide the Chicago Public Schools is a New York superintendent who raised test scores and the union’s ire in Rochester, closed under-performing schools and opened new ones–and has quite a task ahead if he is to fulfill the education agenda outlined by his new boss. “I’ve decided to have a fresh start and hit the...