In the News ~ Sept. 23

Hinsdale District 86 contract proposals out in the open – With both the teacher’s union and the District 86 School Board posting their current contract proposals, the number crunching will proceed in earnest. Michael Palmquist, spokesman for the Hinsdale High School Teachers Association, said one of the reasons the association filed their intent to strike, a necessary legal step if the teachers plan on going on strike, was because it required both …


District 157, teachers union reach tentative agreement on 5-year deal
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 09/23/2014)

A tentative agreement has been reached between District 157 and its teachers union. The five-year contract still needs to be officially approved by the School District 157 Board and the union, according to a joint news release from the school board president and the union president. The school board plans to take it up at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, and union members al…


District 205 calendar fight continues

(Galesburg Register-Mail – © 09/23/2014)

Parents and concerned citizens are still pressing the District 205 Board of Education to restore the six days missing from the …


No charges against retired teacher
(Galesburg Register Mail © 09/22/2014)

When Jim Jacobs exited the Knox County Courthouse on Monday morning, a crowd of friends and family had gathered to show their support. The former Galesburg teacher was scheduled to appear in court on charges of criminal trespassing following a one-man peaceful protest during an Aug. 27 contract negotiation between the District 205 Board of Education and the Galesburg Education Association…


Cary District 26 to end school half-hour later
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 09/23/2014)

Classes in District 26 will end 30 minutes later, according to an announcement placed on the school district’s website. The change goes into effect Jan. 5 when students return from winter break. As part of the new contract with the Cary Education Association, the district’s teachers union, the school day will be extended for 30 minutes.


District 150 school board approves budget with multi-million dollar deficit
(WHOI (ABC) 19 Peoria © 09/23/2014)

District 150 school board members approved the district’s budget for fiscal year 2014/2015. It has a projected $11.5 million deficit. …


IHSA to discuss Normal West football coach suspension
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 09/23/2014)

Unit 5 Mark Daniel said the IHSA will weigh in on the suspension of Normal West football coach Darren Hess on Wednesday.


Professor File: Andrew Matthews has a passion for giving back
(ISU Daily Vidette © 09/22/2014)

Professor Andrew Matthews has been spreading global knowledge through his politics courses for seven years. If you ask any of his students, they will tell you that he conducts his classrooms the way that he does the rest of his life- with passion,



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Who’s Behind Parent Power (& ILRYH)?


Today’s education news:  Locally, Gordon Tech is now DePaul College Prep. Byrd-Bennett gets a shout out for her appearance at a Kanye West performance. They’re fighting over school funding proposals. Raise Your Hand got the Sun-Times to bite on a conspiracy story about who’s behind a new parent group hosting a citywide middle school conference (especially ironic given nagging questions about who’s behind ILRYH and why their positions match up so completely with CTU’s views). Nationally, student homelessness is still on the rise, and two districts shared the annual Broad Prize for district improvement.


Nybo Fights Bill That Devastates Local School Funding Chicago Tribune: State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) has vowed to fight passage of Senate Bill 16 (SB 16) that would strip suburban schools of most of their state support while channeling that money to Chicago schools.


Yeezus Made His Homecoming at Chicago’s AAH! Fest Noisey: Shout out to top bun-wearing Bulls center Joakim Noah who looked like a high giant and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett who was having an awfully good time.


Parents who want to attend school fair asked to provide names, emails Chicago Sun-Times: Parent Power was founded by Tom Hurvis, a Northbrook-based businessman who has served on the board of New Schools for Chicago, and led by Chris Butler, a former New Schools director of advocacy and outreach.


Gordon Tech Renamed DePaul College Prep, Debuts Large Innovation Lab DNA Info: School officials unveiled a 15,000-square-foot “maker space” and held a ceremony for the renaming.


Girl with disability wrongfully denied calculator for MAP test Voices: A mother suing Chicago Public Schools is alleging that her daughter, who has a severe learning disability, is wrongfully being denied the right to use a calculator for a district-wide assessment on Oct. 4.


Mckenzie Phlipot’s Family, Friends Criticize CPS Probe of Her Suicide DNA Info: Travis Phlipot, Mckenzie’s father, clarified his remarks to say that Chicago Public Schools had contacted him and the girl’s mother in its investigation of Mckenzie’s suicide, but they declined to participate.


Education Guru Diane Ravitch on Bruce Rauner: ‘A Terrible Idea’ Chicago Magazine: The professor, an ally of Karen Lewis, describes an awkward argument with the blunt candidate over charter schools.


Ray LSC selects principal Hyde Park Herald: Megan Thole has been one of two assistant principals at Ray since July. She has a total of seven years experience in education. Before coming to Ray, Thole served as a resident principal at Skinner North Elementary School.


WiFi In Schools: How Safe? Progress IL: Sheri Calarco, a parent in Wilmette, says her youngest son started getting headaches and rapid heart rates, only when he was in school. After a lengthy process of elimination, Wi-Fi remained the likely culprit.




Record number of public school students nationwide are homeless Washington Post: Elementary and secondary schools reported that 1.3 million students were homeless during the 2012-2013 year, an 8 percent jump from the prior year.See also AP.


The politics of Common Core don’t matter nearly as much as what happens in classrooms Vox:  While the political debate is far from settled, it now appears likely that the Common Core standards will hang on in the vast majority of states. Second, the Common Core will be the basis for end-of-year standardized tests in many more states, making the stakes for students and teachers much higher.


Common Core can help English learners in California, new EdTrust study says Hechinger Report: The rigorous new Common Core standards represent both a daunting challenge and a promising pathway that could help close the achievement gap for the growing number of American students who enter school knowing little or no English. See also EdSource Today.


‘The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace’ NPR: Robert Peace, a 30-year-old African-American, was a Yale University graduate and an almost straight-A student in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He also dealt marijuana. And had taught at his former high school. See also here.




Districts in Florida, Georgia Split School Prize ABC News: In a first for the largest education award given to public schools nationwide, jurors decided to split the $1 million Broad Prize between two urban districts – a past winner with an established record in Georgia and an up-and-coming district showing recent gains in Florida. See also AP.


In Washington Heights, Students Greet Spanish Queen With Selfies and Song WNYC: At Dos Puentes Elementary in Washington Heights on Monday, first graders sang a stirring rendition of “Let it Go” in Spanish, and eighth graders took selfies with Queen Letizia of Spain. See also ChalkbeatNY.


Interim Superintendent Aims To Keep Seattle Public Schools On A Steady Course Seattle Public Radio: Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Larry Nyland about the challenges ahead as he takes charge of Seattle Public Schools.



Political News


Polls Showing Illinois Governors Race A Draw
(WUIS 91.9 PBR (Springfield) © 09/22/2014)

Bruce Rauner; Gov. Pat Quinn Credit WUIS Illinois’ race for governor is shaping up as one of the most competitive in the nation. And it’s impossible to tell who’s winning. Listen Listening… …


Quinn, Rauner Neck and Neck in Competitive Illinois Governor Race
(Chicago Press Release Service © 09/22/2014)

Two months ago pollsters shifted predictions to favor GOP candidate Bruce Rauner over Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the Illinois gubernatorial race. But now, with the Nov. 4 election just six weeks away, a Rauner victory appears less certain as Quinn surges forward in polling to thwart the Winnetka venture capitalist’s seemingly invincible odds of winning Springfield’s highest …


About those new Rauner attack ads….
(Chicago Tribune © 09/22/2014)

The prisoner early-release program that became an issue in the 2010 governor’s race and is now the subject of Willie-Horton style attack ads against Gov. Pat Quinn was not been responsible for a single illegal or premature release of dangerous criminals or for the commission of additional violent crime. according to a report from Northwestern University School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic.


Worker Advocates Fearful Of Rauners Anti-Labor Agenda
(Progress Illinois © 09/22/2014)

Critics of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s stance on labor issues say his proposed policies would spell bad news for Illinois workers, retirees and unions. Mary Shesgreen with Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice said her group, which does not make political endorsements, is angry with incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn over pension reform legislation, however, &quo…


Rauner gets support from black Chicago pastors
(Springfield State Journal Register © 09/22/2014)

CHICAGO Illinois’ gubernatorial campaigns promoted community investments Monday, as Republican Bruce Rauner touted his philanthropic work in Chicago’s black communities while Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn made a series of stops announcing various state investments. Both campaigns locked in a competitive race pledged to work to restore dilapidated communities. Rauner picked up the endorsement of a g…


Florida Nursing Home Trial Threatens To Splash Rauner
(WJOL-1340 Joliet © 09/22/2014)

A trial beginning today in federal bankruptcy court in Florida could have an impact on the governor’s race in Illinois. At issue in the trial is whether GOP candidate Bruce Rauners investment firm gained control of a nursing home company and restructured it using a shell corporation in order to eliminate its debt and stop negligence lawsuits by nursing home residents and their survivors.


Rauner won’t commit on tax details but ponders administrative moves September 23, 2014
(Crains Chicago Business © 09/23/2014)

Apparently unrattled by his recent drop in the polls, GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner yesterday declined to offer many new details on how he’d get Illinois back on track, giving himself wiggle room on just about every major financial challenge he would face as governor, including how fast he would phase out Gov. Pat Quinn’s income tax increase.


Quinn, Rauner differ over ‘common sense’ on guns
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 09/23/2014)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner both endorse what they call “common sense” in gun laws, but disagree over what that means. Quinn, a Chicago Democrat running for re-election in November, has repeatedly called for a ban on assault weapons in Illinois and tried unsuccessfully to impose more safeguards in the state’s law allowing concealed carry of firearms.


Illinois governor race: Views of Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm
(Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 09/23/2014)

Chad Grimm, a Libertarian on the November ballot for governor along with Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and GOP businessman Bruce Rauner, sat down with The Associated Press for an interview. Here are details of his background and a sampling of where he stands on issues: BIOGRAPHY Age: 33 Hometown: Peoria Work experience: Gym manager, former actor, broadcast intern,


Lincoln-Way Education Association to Host Local Candidates
(Frankfort © 09/23/2014)

The Lincoln-Way Education Association welcomes all Lincoln-Way Community members to meet and hear Republican 37th District House Candidate Margo McDermed and Democratic 37th District House Candidate Nichole Serbin discuss important issues facing their legislative district as they compete for the open assembly seat in the upcoming November 4, 2014 elections.
Quinn, Rauner differ on guns
(Galesburg Register Mail © 09/23/2014)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner both endorse what they call “common sense” in gun laws, but disagree over what that means. Quinn, a Chicago Democrat running for re-election in November, has repeatedly called for a ban on assault weapons in Illinois and tried unsuccessfully to impose more safeguards in the state’s law allowing concealed carry of firearms. Rauner, a R…


Sen. Brady: Don’t be fooled by state unemployment numbers
(WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 09/23/2014)

State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) is advising Illinois residents to be cautious when they look at the state unemployment numbers. Illinois unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent in August, down from 9.2 percent a year ago. However Brady told WJBC’s Tim Lewis the …


Good and Bad News for Rauner: Black Pastor Support, Trouble in Florida
(WJOL-1340 Joliet © 09/23/2014)

A group of black pastors say they’re switching it up this year and voting Republican. They say unemployment, crime, and schools have gotten worse since Governor Quinn took office so they’re backing Bruce Rauner this November. And if their endorsement is enough to impact their parishioners, Quinn could have problems. ‘


Sheila Simon vs. Judy Baar Topinka: The Illinois Comptroller Race Is Unsurprisingly One-Sided
(Chicago Press Release Service © 09/22/2014)

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is running to unseat Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka this November – and the outlook does not look good. Simon, Democratic daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, lags behind Topinka – a Republican heavyweight and 34-year veteran of state politics – by a whopping 33 percentage points in a new poll from the Chicago Sun-Times and We Ask America.



National News


‘F’ Is for Firearm: More Teachers Authorized to Carry Weapons in Classroom
(WMAQ-TV (MSNBC ) Chicago © 09/22/2014)

SALT LAKE CITY — Stop. Drop your weapon. Dont shoot. Kasey Hansen yelled as she pointed the barrel of her loaded handgun at a targes chest at a shooting range outside Salt Lake City. Hansen, a special needs teacher in Utah, is prepared to take down any armed gunman that barges through the doors of one of her classrooms.


The mystery of how Bruce Rauner would govern

GOP   gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner yesterday declined to offer Crain’s editorial   board many new details on how he’d get Illinois back on track, giving himself   wiggle room on just about every major financial challenge he would face as governor.   Crain’s Greg Hinz has more on the meeting.

Another overseas move for tax purposes?

Talks   between Norway’s Yara International and Deerfield-based CF Industries Holdings,   which are at an “early stage,” would create a $20 billion fertilizer supplier,   the world’s largest. One analyst thinks this might be about improving CF’s tax   status. More from Bloomberg and the New York Times.

Not so fast: U.S. cracks down on inversions

But   new U.S. Treasury Department rules, which apply to deals that close today or after,   will make it harder for U.S. companies to move their addresses outside the country   to reduce their taxes. Read more from Bloomberg here.

Hot Doug’s is frank about restaurant’s final days

The   lines are reaching epic proportions as the end draws nigh for Hot Doug’s, the   beloved “Sausage Superstore” in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood that’s closing   after Oct. 4. But as owner Doug Sohn tells Crain’s, he’s having no second thoughts.

Downtown condos approach peak prices

It   may not feel like it, but the downtown condominium market’s recovery is almost   complete. Chicago Real Estate Daily explains.

How the little guys can survive with a big hospital merger

The   proposed blockbuster merger between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University   HealthSystem ramps up the pressure on stand-alone hospitals and smaller systems   to find partners if they are to survive in a tough health care market. Crain’s reports.

Can battery power supplement the electricity grid?

The Chicago Tribune looks at Chicago-based energy   development firm Glidepath, which has been quietly developing three $20 million   battery storage facilities in Northern Illinois that can be tapped to quickly   deal with fluctuations in demand on the power grid.

Does it seem like your bus is always late? Here’s the data

It’s   true that the Chicago Transit Authority has struggled this year to meet its targets   for ridership and reliability on bus routes. Check out Crain’s graphic for details on bus   and rail service.

For Laura Caldwell, fact and fiction are intertwined

Crain’s profiles trial-attorney-turned-author-turned-lawyer-for-the-underserved   Laura Caldwell, who has recently released her 15th book.

Vietnam on the verge: Midwest leaders eye country’s expansion

As   its labor force costs half of what companies pay in China, Vietnam is on the verge   of economic expansion. That poses an interesting prospect for some Midwest business   leaders. More from First Business News. (Click on image   to launch video.)


‘Not America’s Fight Alone’

President Barack Obama made a statement Tuesday about the launch of airstrikes against Islamist militants in Syria for the first time, thanking America’s allies for their support and saying “we will not tolerate safe havens for terrorists who threaten our people”


U.N. General Assembly Kicks Off

More than 140 world leaders are in Manhattan for the annual gathering and an agenda dominated by ISIS, Ukraine, Ebola and climate change


U.S. Aims to Curb Tax Inversion

The Treasury Department announced new rules this week in a bid to make it harder for a corporation to save on taxes by changing its home address


CDC: Cases of Ebola Could Double Every 20 Days

The CDC estimates in an absolute worst-case scenario that cases of Ebola in West Africa — especially Liberia and Sierra Leone — will double every 20 days if conditions continue without a scaled-up effort, meaning numbers could reach 1.4 million by Jan. 20


Israeli Military Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet

The Israeli military used the Patriot air defense system to shoot down a Syrian fighter jet that “infiltrated” its airspace over the Golan Heights on Tuesday morning, marking the first such downing in decades and heightening tensions in the volatile plateau


Scandal-Inspired Fashion Line Has Officially Hit Stores

Tuesday marks the launch of a Scandal-inspired collection at The Limited, whose chief executive Diane Ellis said research on their typical shopper showed Kerry Washington was in the top three of celebrities customers look to, along with Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock


Federal Prison Population Drops By Nearly 5,000

Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce at a criminal justice conference on Tuesday that the federal prison population has dropped this year by roughly 4,800 inmates, marking the first decline during the course of a fiscal year since 1980


Pink Floyd Announces New Album

The album, named The Endless River, is the band’s first since 1994′s The Division Bell. The recording is completely instrumental, save for a track called “Louder Than Words,” and does not feature bassist and co-vocalist Roger Waters. Release date is set for Nov. 10


Paula Deen Returns to Today: ‘My Words Hurt People’

The southern cooking star reunited with Matt Lauer on Tuesday to reflect on what the last year had wrought, following her meltdown on the same show exactly 365 days earlier, and apologize for using racial slurs 30 years ago with the declaration “I is what I is”


Jimmy Choo Aims to Cash In With October IPO for London

The luxury footwear brand made famous by Princess Diana and a host of Hollywood’s finest is going public, its owners JAB Luxury confirmed. Founded in 1996, Jimmy Choo Ltd. will float “at least 25%” of its equity on the London Stock Exchange in October


Hollywood’s Gender Gap Is as Gaping as Ever

Only 23% of the films distributed internationally from 2010 to 2013 featured female protagonists and only 31% of the speaking characters were women, according to a new report by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media


Over 700 Babies Exposed to Tuberculosis at Texas Hospital

The El Paso, Texas, Department of Public Health said more than 700 babies and 40 health workers were exposed to tuberculosis in a city hospital. A Providence Memorial Hospital employee with TB entered the hospital and worked in close proximity with infants


ISIS’s Forgotten Hostages: Islamic State Still Holds Thousands

While Western prisoners get all the attention, thousands more have been snatched by ISIS



The Fix Is In In Georgia. But Which Side Is Crooked?

Efforts to register tens of thousands of new voters in Georgia run into charges of voter fraud.



Textbook Case of Bad Textbooking in Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas, even the stupidity



Pink Floyd Reveals Details on First Album in 20 Years

“The Endless River” will be released November 10.



At the Movies: Where Have All the Women Gone?

Women get fewer parts, worse characters, fewer directing and producing gigs, says new study



Piezoelectricity, and Other Ways Your Body Can Charge Your Phone

Researchers are designing ways to power electronics using the movement of the human body



U.S., Partners Launch First Airstrikes in Syria

First strikes against Islamic State targets come hours before Obama appears at the U.N. General Assembly



Over 100 ‘Flood Wall Street’ Climate Protesters Arrested in Downtown Manhattan

Climate change activists converged on Wall Street today. Newsweek reporter Zoë Schlanger was there.



Making the Breast Pump Suck…Less

Winners of MIT hackathon look to turn the outdated technology smart



A Panel of Dads Reviews the New Tweedy Album

Is the band Tweedy, with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and son, really dad rock? We investigate.



Word of the Day  Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nidificate  \NID-uh-fi-keyt\


  1. 1.   to build a nest.