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Editor’s Note: Proposed state budget could provide much needed relief for students

Editor’s Note: Proposed state budget could provide much needed relief for students

March 1, 2019

Just five weeks into his new job in the highest seat of the state, Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a $39 billion state budget that would make room for legalized recreational marijuana and sports betting, ...

Women’s workspace to spread its ‘wings’

Women’s workspace to spread its ‘wings’

February 15, 2019

The Wing, a women-focused workspace, is set to open a Chicago location, its first in the Midwest, this year.The Wing has been active since October 2016 and has approximately 6,000 members in five location...

Daniel Biss: End machine politics, corrupt system

Daniel Biss: End machine politics, corrupt system

July 14, 2017

Illinois needs a governor who will fight for a progressive state tax rate, single-payer health care and lead the resistance against President Donald Trump, said state Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Skokie. Seekin...

Another year, no budget: No MAP grants could again affect college enrollment

Another year, no budget: No MAP grants could again affect college enrollment

April 3, 2017

As class registration approaches, students face uncertainties regarding whether or not they will receive their Monetary Award Program grants for the 2017–2018 academic year. The state’s ongoing budget impasse has left Illinois students without the need-based grants since July 201...

Chicago Public Schools may be without librarians starting Fall 2017

Chicago Public Schools may be without librarians starting Fall 2017

By Jackie Murray

March 27, 2017

Molly DiRago, mother of a first grader at Wicker Park’s A.N. Pritzker School, said she still goes into the school’s library to help clean up even though it doesn’t have the student traffic it used ...

Mendoza: The governor suffers from ‘Rauneritis’

Mendoza: The governor suffers from ‘Rauneritis’

March 20, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner has inappropriately used $112 million over the last two years from funds intended to reimburse healthcare providers, said Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Despite stating that her inten...

Illinois budget gridlock threatens state worker paychecks

Illinois budget gridlock threatens state worker paychecks

February 6, 2017

State employees may find their paychecks on hold if a court grants Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s recent motion to put a halt on state worker payments, unless a budget passes by Feb. 28. T...

Notable Native: Joshua Hale

Notable Native: Joshua Hale

By Metro Reporter

November 14, 2016

In the midst of teachers’ strikes, budget problems, overcrowded classrooms, education in Chicago has been a topic of concern in recent years. Addressing these issues is immensely important because it...

Editor’s Note: Enrollment plummet proves need for administrative wake-up call

Editor’s Note: Enrollment plummet proves need for administrative wake-up call

By Editor-In-Chief

October 3, 2016

Columbia’s enrollment dropped for the seventh consecutive year, as reported in The Chronicle’s Front Page story. At 8,120 students—the decline began after 2008 when the college had 12,464—our enroll...

State of Chicago Public Schools

June 13, 2016

Parents, educators and city politicians gathered at the National Teachers Academy, 55 W. Cermak Road, on June 11 to brainstorm a solution to the Chicago Public School system’s lack of funding. Commun...

What is a student center without students?

April 11, 2016

While the state continues to function without a budget, Illinois colleges must choose whether or not to fund students’ Monetary Award Program grants for a second academic year.  These state-funded grants for low-income students can make or break their ability to attend college at all.Some schools, such as the Illinois Institute of Technology, are seeking repayment of funds advanced in Fall 2015, while wealthier schools, su...

Illinois budget impasse—Higher education caught in the crossfire

Illinois budget impasse—Higher education caught in the crossfire

April 4, 2016

Darren Martin knew he wanted to attend school at Chicago State University because it was the place he spent his summers at 13 years old. Martin came from a single-parent home and, to keep him away from...

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