Illinois’ comeback story starts here.

2 ways to fix Illinois’ too-high property taxes, teacher shortage

2 ways to fix Illinois’ too-high property taxes, teacher shortage

Redirecting some of Illinois’ school district administrative overhead could attract top talent to the more than 4,100 teacher openings. The savings could be $1,317 per taxpayer in one veteran teacher’s hometown. Reform pensions, and that amount grows.

By Ann Miller

Aryana Franco

Aryana Franco

“They didn’t ask them what was going on at home. They just cared about their behavior. I know some students who couldn’t afford to do laundry or others who were in a toxic household. When you’re going through that, you can’t focus on school.”

Pritzker backs off COVID-19 vax deadline amid union opposition

Pritzker backs off COVID-19 vax deadline amid union opposition

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker couldn’t reach an agreement with the public employee unions representing workers in group settings, so he delayed the COVID-19 vaccination deadline until Nov. 30. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccination fight with the police union escalates.

By Dylan Sharkey

Steven Blake

Steven Blake

"Rain or shine, hot or cold, I’m out here. My customers tell me they’re so glad I’m back. My presence brings a sense of normalcy back.”