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Illinois House bill would give more power to Chicago Public Schools unions

Illinois House bill would give more power to Chicago Public Schools unions

The Chicago Teachers Union has already created havoc for kids and parents in Chicago Public Schools, with 5 work stoppages in the past 11 years. Now lawmakers are giving principals and other employees union powers, creating more potential instability for students and parents.

By Mailee Smith

Pritzker signs bill giving $12K pay raises to state lawmakers

Pritzker signs bill giving $12K pay raises to state lawmakers

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker approved raises for the statewide elected leaders just ahead of their inaugurations Jan. 9. State lawmakers will get $12,094 raises when they take office Jan. 11. Big hikes also went to Pritzker’s department leaders and their assistants.

By Brad Weisenstein

Illinois House sneaks through $12,000 pay raises for themselves

Illinois House sneaks through $12,000 pay raises for themselves

A late Friday-night move would add nearly $12,000 to the salary of each state lawmaker, raise salaries for statewide elected leaders such as the governor, and boost salaries for agency directors and their subordinates. Plus, they get cost-of-living increases.

By Brad Weisenstein

Ep. 66: The Chicago Teachers Union’s war on school choice

Ep. 66: The Chicago Teachers Union’s war on school choice

The Chicago Teachers Union and other teachers’ unions oppose Invest in Kids, a tax-credit scholarship program that allows underprivileged children to attend private schools of their choice. Why would teachers advocate against a program that helps low-income students? Mailee Smith, staff attorney and director of labor policy at Illinois Policy Institute, refutes opponents’ false claims...

SAFE-T Act’s end to cash bail paused by Illinois Supreme Court

SAFE-T Act’s end to cash bail paused by Illinois Supreme Court

The Illinois Supreme Court stayed a provision of the SAFE-T Act set to take effect Jan. 1 that would have eliminated cash bail statewide after a county judge ruled it would violate the state constitution. The high court said it planned an “expedited” review.

By Patrick Andriesen