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Crash injuries quadruple in school zones in 2022 despite $84.5M in speed-camera tickets

Illinois Policy Institute investigation finds increased traffic collisions in and around the top areas the city claimed the automated devices would protect

Post-pandemic dip continues: Illinois statewide SAT scores drop

Illinois high school students must take the SAT to graduate, but their statewide average scores have been dropping in both reading and math. They test again in April.

llinois Policy Institute: Statement on Chicago mayoral election results

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas and Chicago Teachers Union political operative Brandon Johnson have advanced to the city of Chicago’s runoff election for mayor, which will take place on April 4.

Poll: Just 33% of Chicagoans are satisfied with public education in Chicago, 62% of Chicagoans support school choice

Sixty-five percent of Chicagoans support Illinois’ Invest in Kids school-choice program. Despite the city’s problems, a majority of residents want to stay and a majority want the city to freeze property taxes to make living here more affordable.

Illinois Policy Institute: Gov. Pritzker’s budget address needs to lay out a plan for long-term financial stability once federal aid runs out in July

Here's what to know about Illinois’ long-term financial health ahead of the governor’s address.

“LOCAL 1: The Rise of America’s Most Powerful Teachers Union”

A new documentary from the Illinois Policy Institute explores the Chicago Teachers Union’s rise to political power and the consequences

Restaurant crime along CTA Red Line is highest near Grand Station, Loop stops

Restaurants around Grand Station near Navy Pier reported 2.34 crimes per licensed retail food establishment, the most among ZIP codes with a station

Nearly half of Chicago Public Schools students chronically absent in 2022

Chicago Public Schools students are missing much more school than their peers across Illinois, with the problem getting much worse since the pandemic, according to an Illinois Policy Institute analysis.