Illinois teachers saw union dues flow to Chicago groups, politics and Madigan

By Mailee Smith
Government worker unions can use their members' dues in any number of ways. The most recent federal filings of one of Illinois' largest teachers unions reveal millions of dollars directed disproportionately to Chicago and to political causes with which their members may disagree.

TAGS: AFT: American Federation of Teachers, CTU: Chicago Teachers Union, dues, IFT: Illinois Federation of Teachers

Illinois House passes school funding plan, tax credit scholarships

By Austin Berg
After failing to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 1, which stripped a Chicago bailout from the education funding proposal, Illinois House members voted to pass a compromise bill containing the state’s first-ever tax credit scholarship program.

TAGS: CPS: Chicago Public Schools, CTU: Chicago Teachers Union, education, Illinois General Assembly, school choice, TIF: Tax Increment Financing