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Consumer demand, technology boom – but where’s mobile advertising?

July 7, 2011

I have a near-60-year-old friend who says he now spends more time with his iPhone and less time watching television and reading his local newspaper. He's not alone. After years of anticipation, mobile technology is taking the nation - and the world - by storm.I've been going to press association conventions for years and attended many sessions on the coming "Mobile Revolution." Most of those shows in the 1990s proved to be l...

Chicago May Day Rally 2011

By Cristina Aguirre

May 7, 2011

Hundreds of people marched from Union Park to Daley Plaza for the traditional May Day rally, a protest march to support immigration reform. Many local organizations from the GLBT, Justice without Borders, the Immigrant Youth Justice League, Latinos Progresando,etc,. joined in on the rally. Photos by Armando Silva.

Rabble Rabble to release 7-inch in May

By HermineBloom

March 28, 2011

In the past two years, local psych-punk band Rabble Rabble played approximately 200 shows in Chicago. After releasing their debut LP “Bangover” in 2009, the group took a do-it-yourself approach to gaining a following by playing at any venue that would have them and recording on their own. In 2011, however, the punk outfit is evolving by setting their sights on recording in a studio in the fall and playing more selective g...

Pick new CPS CEO who will stick

By Eleanor Blick

November 15, 2010

The early resignation of Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman wasn’t exactly shocking, but it has left people speculating about a replacement. Huberman will step down on Nov. 29, well before the end of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s final term. Daley said he plans to quickly appoint an interim replacement for the position.The CEO’s turnover rate has been too high. Huberman replaced Arne Duncan when Duncan was appointed...

City offers unique program for gang-affected youth

By Darryl Holliday

October 25, 2010

The city is putting a new philosophy into action with high school youth affected by gang violence.The Chicago Police Department’s Gang School Safety Team, which initially began among 25 schools in CPD’s Area 1 this March, is expanding to include schools in Area 2 as well. Combined, the two areas cover the entire South Side.The program is a unique collaboration between CPD, Chicago Public Schools and the Cook County Juv...

Mothers, CPS come to agreement on ‘La Casita’

By Darryl Holliday

October 25, 2010

Mothers of students attending Pilsen’s Whittier Dual Language School and Chicago Public Schools officials reached an agreement in the first of several meetings that will determine the future of the much debated Whittier school’s field house, 1900 W. 23rd St.Both groups came together Oct. 20, along with aldermen and state representatives, to resolve the occupation of the one-story field house. The group also discussed plans for the installment of a library for Whittier, one of 160 Chicago schools without an on...

CPS should use discretion with incentive pay

By Editorial Board

October 11, 2010

Chicago Public Schools recently received a federal grant of $35.9 million to offer teachers as incentive pay. The money will target 25 schools, a portion reserved to reward approximately 1,125 teachers with bonuses if classrooms show improvement.  Schools with a history of underperformance and higher teacher turnover will be chosen.While few CPS teachers get the credit they deserve for working so tirelessly with Chicago’s youth, a...

Judge rules teacher firings unlawful

By Darryl Holliday

October 11, 2010

Chicago teachers who were laid off over the summer are steps closer to getting their jobs back.The U. S. District Court Judge David Coar ruled on Oct. 4 Chicago Public Schools violated the rights of hundreds of CPS employees when it authorized the “honorable termination” of tenured teachers in June.The ruling comes as a blow to the Chicago Board of Education and CPS CEO Ron Huberman, who was given authority to lay off t...

Columbia, CPS to collaborate

By Drew Hunt

October 4, 2010

The Center for Community Arts Partnerships received a four-year grant, worth $1.1 million, from the United States Department of Education that will provide funding for a program called Transforming Education through the Arts and Media Initiative, or TEAM.The proposal underwent a highly competitive peer review process facilitated by the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program. It was one of 33 programs to receive a grant out of 200 appl...

LGBTQ organization rallies against discrimination

By Stephanie Saviola

April 17, 2010

While Chicago’s schools have been in the spotlight throughout the year due to school closings, consolidations and budget cuts, the district can add one more item to the list of issues.Members of Gender Justice United for Societal Transformation, or Gender JUST, an organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students gathered with parents and teachers in front of CPS headquarters, 125 S. Clark St., on Ap...

CPS changes menu to further exceed USDA requirements

By Stephanie Saviola

April 12, 2010

After being scrutinized and receiving complaints from students about “greasy” meal options provided to them, Chicago Public Schools announced it will make considerable changes to its breakfast and lunch menus to meet new nutritional standards.During a press conference on April 7, at Sharon Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, 1841 N. Springfield Ave., Chief Education Officer Barbara Eason-Watkins said a broader variety of healthy options will be provided to Chicago’s school-age childre...

Teacher honored for first novel

By Luke Wilusz

March 29, 2010

The Chicago Public School system recently got a dose of prestige and honor when an English teacher at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, 211 S. Laflin St., won the 2010 Hemingway Foundation/PEN award for her first novel.Brigid Pasulka, who has taught at Young for about seven years, wrote “A Long, Long Time Ago & Essentially True” over the course of several years. She was to be presented with the award at the John F. ...

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