In the News ~ Oct. 27

Negotiations To Resume As Waukegan Teachers’ Strike Continues – Negotiators return to the table at 10 a.m. Monday in search of a breakthrough in the strike by teachers in Waukegan District 60. Classes remain cancelled. Each side is hoping for big movement by the other side. Waukegan Teachers …


Waukegan teacher strike continues Monday

MyFox Chicago – ‎10/27/2014‎

Students will continue to be out of class in the Chicago suburb of Waukegan as a teachers’ strike continues. The Board of Education for Waukegan Community Unit School District No. 60 says students will be out of classes on Monday.


Waukegan teachers prove need to ban public employee strikes

ChicagoNow (blog) – ‎10/26/2014

Some parents seem more upset by the cancellation of sporting events, and as misplaced as their priorities are, their pressure to reopen the schools can be just as demanding as parents who are more worried by the number of teaching days lost. Once upon a …


Waukegan rally urges striking teachers to return to class

WLS-TV – ‎10/26/2014

Parents and community leaders gather for a rally urging teachers in Waukegan to return to class for the sake of their students. The group says they feel teachers can return to school while the union is in talks with the school board for a new contract. They say …


Waukegan teachers strike heading into 4th week

Bloomington Pantagraph – ‎Oct 26, 2014‎

A teachers strike in the northern Illinois city of Waukegan is set to continue into a fourth full week.


New disagreement in Dist. 60 teacher’s strike: school lunches (Chicago Daily Herald © 10/27/2014)

Along with teacher salary raises and benefits, something new was added to the list of things the Waukegan School District 60 administration and the teacher’s union cannot agree on: school lunches. In a post to the district website Sunday, the administration said union leadership was holding up a district plan to suspend the ongoing teacher’s strike two hours a day to resume food service t…


Waukegan School District’s plan to resume food service awaits teachers union OK

Lake County News Sun – ‎10/26/2014‎

Waukegan School District 60, last week, began the process required to resume food service to students during the ongoing teachers’ strike. The District recognizes that the current strike is creating a hardship for many students and families that rely on the …


Educators honored at Excel banquet (Peoria Journal Star © 10/26/2014)

NORMAL Educational efforts in Peoria, Washington and Eureka were among those recognized Saturday night at the 40th annual Those Who Excel/Illinois Teacher of the Year banquet in Normal.


Automotive teacher is Illinois Teacher of the Year (Joliet Herald News © 10/27/2014)

NORMAL An automotive technology teacher from Palatine is the Illinois State Board of Education’s Illinois Teacher of the Year. Steven Elza of William Fremd High School in Palatine was one of a dozen finalists for the honor. He was announced as this year’s top educator in the state on Saturday night at a banquet in Normal….



Dist 299


CPS Reverses Dyett Decision


Wow — Dyett is going to come back in some form, CPS announced Friday. I have to say I didn’t think that was going to happen. It’s apparently going to re-open as a neighborhood high school (not a charter), after a year of planning. Read all about it, and about a Thursday night debate over last year’s closings that was moderated by Catalyst’s Linda Lenz and apparently got heated (for education). Need more? The California superintendent’s race has already generated $23M in campaign spending, and there was a shooting at a high school near Seattle on Friday.




CPS reverses course, says Dyett to reopen in 2016 as neighborhood high school Catalyst: CPS officials made the surprise announcement Friday that they want proposals for a new, open enrollment neighborhood high school to be located at Dyett High, the Washington Park school that is in the last year of being phased out.


A second chance for Dyett? RFP to be issued Hyde Park Herald: “Members of the community have expressed a strong interest in a new school at the Dyett site,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in a written statement.


Under pressure from community, CPS wants new Dyett HS Chicago Sun-Times: Requests will be accepted through April; district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett made it clear that charter schools need not apply, though contract school providers may. “Members of the community have expressed a strong interest in a new school at the Dyett …


Dyett To House New Open-Enrollment School, but It Won’t be a Charter: CPS DNAinfo: … Rumors had swirled that a charter run by Little Black Pearl was going to move into the site, but officials denied that, and CPS said in a statement Friday that charter proposals will not be accepted for the Dyett site.


South Side high school could get new life after advocacy Chicago Tribune: “Members of the community have expressed a strong interest in a new school at the Dyett site, and we look forward to working with the community to develop a new high-quality option for students living in the neighborhood,” CPS chief Barbara Byrd…




Heated debate about last year’s school closings Catalyst: Catalyst publisher Linda Lenz moderated a heated panel discussion on Thursday about the impacts of last year’s massive school closings.


At school closing panel, board acknowledges more planning needed Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Public Schools still has too many schools for the number of children who live in the district and should plan better when opening new charters to avoid being “highly hypocritical,” said one of theschool board members who voted to shutter 50…




Should Schools Mandate Computer-Coding Classes? National Journal: Last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago Public Schools will include an introductory computer-science class in every high school.


Why Chicago is mandating coding education CNNMoney: Emanuel first announced the city’s five-year plan for computer science education last December. In three years, Chicago public high schools will require a foundational computer science course in order to graduate.


Drones used to capture high school football action Chicago Tribune: South Elgin: High School has been using a camera-equipped drone to record football practices and games this season. “It’s everything we were looking for as a teaching tool for our kids,” coach Patrik Pistorio said.




Andrew Broy: Chicago’s charter public schools prove what is possible for our …Twin Cities Daily Planet: The newly released report on Chicago charter school performance by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity fails to provide accurate information at a critical time for public schools in Chicago.


Emanuel’s 2015 city budget plan poses problem with Chicago Teachers Union The Columbiachronicle: Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the 2015 $8.9 billion budget, which is set to balance the city’s finances without implementing new property, sales or gas taxes for the fourth consecutive year, on Oct. 15.




App details state superintendent race spending EdSource Today: With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, the race for California state superintendent of public instruction has been fueled by a combined $23 million in total campaign spending for incumbent Tom Torlakson and candidate Marshall Tuck.


Teacher Is Praised for Her Intervention in Washington School Shooting NYT: Details have begun to emerge about the attack, especially on the role of a young teacher many students are calling a hero. See also NBC News: Shooting Eyewitness: ‘3 or 4 People Fell at the Same Table’; WBEZ: 2 dead, including gunman, in high school shooting.




The Ad Campaign: Cuomo, With a Daughter’s Help, Tweaks His Education Image NYT: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Education” television ad appears to be a response to criticism from his opponent, Rob Astorino, of his support for the Common Core standards.


L.A. Unified students could take iPads home soon LA Times: Los Angeles Unified students could take school-issued iPads home as soon as next month under a new plan that officials say has dealt with security concerns.


In D.C.’s erratic schools landscape, families debate how hands-on next mayor should be Washington Post: Carla Ferris can name the moment that local elections in the District changed from background noise on the radio to something personal: the day she enrolled her daughter in school. Before that, she said, “I really couldn’t have told you much, if anything, about politics in D.C.”


The Secret Lives Of Teachers: Mei-Ling Uliasz NPR: The second installation of our Secret Lives series continues with a profile of a second-grade teacher with a passion for making “upcycled” jewelry.


A New Orleans Family’s Lives Changed In An Instant NPR: A stray bullet took 5-year-old Kyle Romain’s sight. His mother fears the violence in her neighborhood will continue: “There’s no hope. These little boys are just trigger-happy and gun-crazy.”


An American School Immerses Itself in All Things Chinese NYT: At Yinghua Academy in Minneapolis, most classes are taught in Mandarin, and students are near fluency by eighth grade.



Political News


Quinn visits African-American churches to support minimum wage hike (Chicago Sun Times © 10/27/2014)

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn stumped at four churches in the Chicago area to appeal to black voters, calling minimum wage “the fundamental issue in this campaign.” “We have a chance in this election to go forward to make sure those who work hard, who are working 40 hours a week, raising children — moms and dads raising kids — they should get more than $8.25 an hour for their labor,”


A few hardball questions for Rauner (Chicago Sun Times © 10/27/2014)

Bruce Rauner was all charm Tuesday night at the Four Seasons Hotel, working the well-heeled crowd at a dinner gala. The gubernatorial candidate greeted me at the cocktail reception, all smiles and quips. I was taken aback, since his campaign has severely limited access to us pesky reporters. The night before, I had been on a panel that grilled Rauner at the ABC7 debate.


Rauner, Quinn take governor campaign to pulpit (Chicago Tribune © 10/27/2014)

Republican challenger Bruce Rauner and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn made their campaign pitches from the pulpit Sunday, visiting African-American churches as they compete for the critical black vote in the close contest. For Rauner, its part of a strategy to get at least 20 percent of the vote in Chicago, which has historically been key to a winning formula for Republicans seeking statewide office


Obama, in low demand, suits up for governor races (Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 10/27/2014)

President Barack Obama is picking some temperate spots in an otherwise chilly political landscape, avoiding hostile Senate terrain during the final days of the midterm campaign in favor of tight governor races where his liabilities are less likely to stick to Democratic candidates. With a week left before El…


Rauner Speaks at Recently Robbed New Beginnings Church (Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 10/27/2014)

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner spoke Sunday at New Beginnings Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side a day after the church was robbed of $8,000. …


Bidens to Rally for Democrats in Illinois (Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 10/27/2014)

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden plan to be in Illinois to campaign for state Democrats ahead of the Nov. 4 election. …


Governor candidates hit Sunday services; Burglary dominates discussions (CLTV-Chicago © 10/27/2014)

In what can only be called a distraction in a tight race for governor, a robbery at New Beginnings Church and the alleged threats against its pastor Corey Brooks dominated the candidates conversations Sunday.


Rauner Speaks at Recently Robbed New Beginnings Church | NBC Chicago (MSNBC Chicago © 10/27/2014)

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner spoke Sunday at New Beginnings Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side a day after the church was robbed of $8,000. …


Scrutinized deals at Rauner equity firm (Pekin Daily Times © 10/27/2014)

(AP) — Republican businessman Bruce Rauner’s GTCR private equity firm created, bought and sold hundreds of businesses, establishing a reputation for success in the investment field. But he has been criticized by his opponent in the Illinois governor’s race, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, for things that went wrong at some of those companies. Here’s a look at five that have come…


Olar: Prepare yourself for Quinn’s re-election (Pekin Daily Times © 10/27/2014)

We’re eight days out from Election Day, and the Illinois gubernatorial contest is probably too close to call. The Chicago Tribune’s latest poll last Thursday, Oct. 23, showed the race was virtually neck-and-neck, with the Republican Party’s candidate Bruce Rauner at 45 percent and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn at 43 percent.


Rauner’s business track record is a focus of governor race (Peoria Journal Star © 10/27/2014)

In the race for Illinois governor, no one quibbles with the fact that Republican Bruce Rauner has been financially successful in the private equity business. But an important issue looming over his candidacy, as Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn claims repeatedly in debates and TV ads, is whether he should take responsibility for when things went wrong at the hundreds of companies his GTCR firm…


Chicago pastor says no more politicians at pulpit (WICS ABC 20 (Springfield) © 10/27/2014)

The pastor of a church on Chicago’s South Side that was burglarized over the weekend says he’s not planning on having any more politicians speak from the pulpit. Corey Brooks is pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago and a supporter of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) in his bid to unseat democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.


Quinn, Rauner Pushing for African American Vote (WJOL-1340 Joliet © 10/27/2014)

Governor Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner are hoping a few last minute visits at black churches will push them over the edge on Election Day. Both of them attended African American worship services yesterday. Quinn is trying to protect his base, considering Rauner has snagged the support of a few prominent black ministers in Chicago.


Quinn, Rauner not so different on some issues, despite ads (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 10/26/2014)

When Winnetka Republican Bruce Rauner decided to tie a push for term limits on state officials to his campaign for governor, his message was clear: He wanted to be the candidate for voters upset with government in Illinois. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn knows about this message. After all, Quinn also tried to amend the state constitution and add term limits — 20 years ago, in 1994….


Editorial: Rauner better choice as Illinois’ next governor (Bloomington Pantagraph © 10/26/2014)

The race for Illinois governor comes down to whether voters think Illinois is on the right track or needs to make some drastic changes. The state’s issues are well-documented and staggering. State finances are a mess and the current fiscal year budget relies on the continuation of the temporary income tax increase. Although unemployment figures have improved, the state still lags well behind the …


Quinn has failed; time for Rauner (Champaign News Gazette © 10/26/2014)

Pat or Bruce? Should we stick with Pat Quinn on Nov. 4 or go with Bruce Rauner for governor? Pat has had six years to show what he can do for Illinois. Let’s review what he’s done: Raised personal income taxes by 67 percent. Stood by as Illinois has lost a net total of several hundred thousand jobs. Hasn’t found a way to improve our schools, nor bring back jobs, nor stop the flight of businesses…


Rauner, Quinn earn newspaper endorsements (Chicago WFLD (Fox) 32 © 10/26/2014)

Republican businessman Bruce Rauner has picked up three additional newspaper endorsements in his campaign for Illinois governor while incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has earned the endorsement of the Rockford Register Star. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register


Our View: In Illinois governor’s race, Pat Quinn is right pick for Rockford (Rockford Register Star © 10/26/2014)

Northern Illinois might have reverted to cornfields if not for unprecedented investment by the state under the guidance of Gov. Pat Quinn. At one point, fewer than 200 workers were employed at Chryslers assembly plant in Belvidere. The factory was on the verge of closing, but it has bounced back with Quinn’s help and now has three shifts running with 4,500 employees.


Erickson: Counting down the days (Southern Illinoisan © 10/26/2014)

Today marks the beginning of the 10-day countdown to Election Day. For many Illinois voters, the Nov. 4 balloting will be a welcome break from the avalanche of negative ads that have blanketed the airwaves for weeks. But don’t get too excited. The source of many of those negative ads, the race for governor, may not actually be over on Nov. 4. I’ve been asked numerous times in recent week to pred…


Statehouse Insider: Relax. It’s almost over (Springfield State Journal Register © 10/26/2014)

Take solace, folks. In just a little more than a week, the campaigns — and the campaign ads — will be over. Well, until they start up again for next spring’s local elections. Enjoy the respite while you can.* In the meantime, it looks like election junkies could have a fun night on Election Day. A Chicago Tribune poll released last week showed the race between Democratic Gov. PAT QUINN and


What’s next for Rep. Aaron Schock? (Chicago Sun Times © 10/27/2014)

This Election Day may determine which of several paths the ambitious millennial, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., may follow. We’re talking on Saturday by phone; Schock is in a car en route to Macomb from Peoria, where he lives. In the course of our interview I ask him about those pictures of him showing off his six-pack abs.


Bernard Schoenburg: Dillard, Sanguinetti push for GOP votes (Springfield State Journal Register © 10/26/2014)

GOP lieutenant governor candidate EVELYN SANGUINETTI appeared last week at a meet and greet at Sangamon County GOP headquarters, pushing for a strong get-out-the-vote effort and getting the message reinforced by former state Sen. KIRK DILLARD. Dillard, a Republican of Hindsdale, was the Sangamon County GOP’s choice for governor in the primary.


Our Opinion: Cautiously optimistic Bruce Rauner has clear economic vision for Illinois (Springfield State Journal Register © 10/26/2014)

Illinois’ unemployment rate dropped in September for the seventh straight month, going from just over 9 percent to its current rate of 6.6 percent. Jobless numbers are not a particularly sexy topic, but they can tell us a lot about the condition of a state’s economy and the direction it’s headed. Experts agree that seven straight months of improving unemployment rates is encouraging.


Probe is only wasting taxpayers’ money (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 10/25/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn was entrusted with $54 millions of taxpayers’ money, our money. A grant in 2010 was for a worthy cause; it was for a Neighborhood Recovery initiative to address street violence. Yet here we are in 2014, and the street violence is far from good. To make matters worse, the governor has been and continues to be investigated because some of the money was allegedly used as a political sl…


Illinois governor, U.S. Senate (Bloomington Pantagraph © 10/25/2014)

We are now close to an important state and national election. While it is a very important election, it is not difficult to decide for whom to vote. Simply ask yourself if you are happy with the current situation in Illinois. For example, are you happy that there are now 300,000 fewer employed Illinoisans that when the recession began? It’s pretty obvious that our president’s policies, supported …


Gov. Quinn imposes mandatory 21-day Ebola quarantine (Champaign WCIA (CBS) 3 © 10/25/2014)

Governor Pat Quinn has mandated a quarantine for all people who have had direct contact with someone infected with Ebola while in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea,and are considered high-risk. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will require those individuals are quarantined at home for 21 days, including any medical personnel who treated those infected with Ebola.


Rauner, Quinn pile up cash, compete for women voters (Chicago Tribune © 10/25/2014)

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner head into the final 10 days of the campaign competing for female voters and stockpiling record amounts of campaign cash as they try to drive turnout. Last week, Rauner put in $6 million more from his own pocket and has now contributed more than $26 million of his fortune into his campaign.


Illinois treasurer’s race tight as election nears (Chicago Tribune © 10/25/2014)

Republican Tom Cross has a slim lead over Democrat Mike Frerichs in the race for Illinois treasurer, but as the race comes down to the wire, 1 in 5 voters remain undecided, a new Chicago Tribune poll shows. The survey found Cross, a state representative from Oswego, with 38 percent to 34 percent for Frerichs, a state senator from Champaign.


Lisa Madigan leads big in attorney general race, Tribune poll finds (Chicago Tribune © 10/25/2014)

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan holds an overwhelming advantage against her Republican challenger as she seeks her fourth term, a Chicago Tribune poll finds. The survey found Madigan with 61 percent support compared with 24 percent for Paul Schimpf, an attorney who retired from the Marine Corps last year. Libertarian candidate Ben Koyl had 6 percent, while 8 percent were undecided.


Illinois lieutenant governor candidates Paul Vallas, Evelyn Sanguinetti on issues (Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 10/25/2014)

Key issues as seen by Illinois lieutenant governor candidates Paul Vallas of the Democratic Party and Evelyn Sanguinetti of the Republicans. Does the office of lieutenant governor need to exist? Sanguinetti and Vallas both say it should, especially now that state law calls for gubernatorial candidates to pick their running mates. “I’ve always felt that the lieutenant governor…


Scherer, Bell say jobs top issue in 96th House race (Decatur Herald and Review © 10/25/2014)

Job creation is at the top of the list of issues in the campaign for the 96th Illinois House District. State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, said progress has been made during her first term in terms of creating jobs within the district, which includes portions of Macon, Christian and Sangamon counties. Scherer, a retired teacher, is seeking re-elect…


Madigan, Rauner spend big on Illinois House races (Decatur Herald and Review © 10/25/2014)

State Rep. Marty Moylan tells voters he’s not your typical Democrat as he bikes from house to house on the campaign trail, handing out yard signs, nail files and doggie treats with his name emblazoned on the bag. “I’m an independent running as a Democrat, that’s my philosophy here,” said the former Des Plaines mayor, who argues his “fiscally conservative and socially


Eric Olson: Why I cast protest votes (DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 10/25/2014)

I vote in every election, and sometimes I’m a protest voter. Our government would be better off if we all were once in a while. Every election, the two established parties do all they can to shut out other voices. This year in Illinois, the state Democrats had the entire slate of Green Party candidates, including gubernatorial nominee Scott Summers thrown off the ballot because they use…


Our View: Senate Bill 16 not a fair solution to school funding (Geneva Kane County Chronicle © 10/25/2014)

An Illinois Senate bill that has made its way to the House could have a dramatic effect on school funding at the local level. If it is approved by the full state legislature, Senate Bill 16 – also known as the School Funding Reform Act of 2014 – would result in many Kane County school districts losing millions of dollars in state distributions, while Chicago schools and some downstate and area s…


Quinn, Rauner Focus on Women, Early Voters | NBC Chicago (MSNBC Chicago © 10/25/2014)

Illinois’ gubernatorial candidates are focusing on women voters and casting early ballots with less than two weeks to the election. Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign hosted feminist activist Gloria Steinem…


This Week in Mudslinging: Bruce Rauner Is An Alpha Bully; Oberweis Is Toast. | NBC Chicago (MSNBC Chicago © 10/25/2014)

There’s T minus 12 days to go ’til Election Day, and no clear winner in the close battle between Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner. Both men are in survival mode. The stakes are high. This cash-strapped state’s future hangs in the balance. Cockroaches run amok. …


Democratic supermajority at stake: Michael Madigan, Bruce Rauner spend big on races seen askey to legislative voting margin (Peoria Journal Star © 10/25/2014)

State Rep. Marty Moylan tells voters he’s not your typical Democrat as he bikes from house to house on the campaign trail, handing out yard signs, nail files and doggie treats with his name emblazoned on the bag. I’m an independent running as a Democrat, that’s my philosophy here, said the former Des Plaines mayor, who argues his fiscally conservative and socially compassionate message…


Sun-Times Reporters Ask Owners To Open Up About McKinney, Rauner Incident (Progress Illinois © 10/25/2014)

Chicago Sun-Times reporters have issued a petition request asking the owners of the newspaper to open up about the circumstances that led to veteran political reporter Dave McKinney’s resignation on Wednesday. In the petition posted on the Chicago Newspaper Guild’s website, the news writers’ say the allegations surrounding GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s reported attempt


Chuck Sweeny: Dick Durbin leading Jim Oberweis in polls, fundraising (Rockford Register Star © 10/25/2014)

Jim Oberweis is still far behind Dick Durbin in the race for U.S. Senate in Illinois, says a new poll done for the Chicago Tribune. The poll, conducted by APC Research between Oct. 16 and Oct. 21, shows Durbin, a Democrat and assistant majority leader, at 50 percent to 36 percent for Oberweis, a Republican businessman. The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percent, and 800 people were polled.



National News


Friends identify student killed in Washington school shooting; Teacher being hailed as hero (Chicago WGN (WB) 9 © 10/27/2014)

The teenage gunman who opened fire in a high school cafeteria in Washington state last week may have had more victims had it not been for the bold actions of a young teacher. Witnesses say Jaylen Fryberg, a popular freshman, shot and killed a female student and wounded four others in the crowded lunchroom at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Friday, about 34 miles north of Seattle.


Washington school shooting claims another victim (Chicago WGN (WB) 9 © 10/27/2014)

One of four students injured when a freshman opened fire in a Washington high school cafeteria has died, bringing the death toll to two. Three others remain hospitalized from the Friday shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Gia Soriano, 14, who had been in critical condition with head injuries, succumbed to her wounds, the Providence Regional Medical Center said late Sunday night. Witnesses…



Jennifer Pritzker’s old homes and new identity

Crain’s Shia Kapos talks with Jennifer Pritzker in her first interview since going public about being transgender. Ms. Pritzker talks about her name change, and the 19th century Evanston home she has meticulously refurbished as a luxury bed-and-breakfast.

How much money do Exelon’s nukes really make?

Exelon has signaled it will ask the state for hundreds of millions of additional dollars for its fleet of Illinois nuclear plants. A Crain’s analysis of Exelon’s SEC filings suggests the Illinois nukes as a group remain profitable, even as revenue has fallen sharply in the past few years.

CTA: Fare freeze, more trains in 2015

Under a proposed 2015 spending plan CTA management is unveiling today, fares would be frozen and more trains will be added in the near future to most train routes. Crain’s Greg Hinz has more.

Most precious thing in downtown Chicago

As high-rise developers keep stamping out more apartments and condominiums, they are paying up for a key — and scarce — raw material: dirt. Crain’s has the story.

White House pushes back against quarantines in Illinois, NY, NJ

Illinois joins New York and New Jersey in mandating a quarantine for health care workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa. But the White House is raising concerns about the efforts taken by governors in those states, writes the Wall Street Journal.

Coyote Logistics to add 500 jobs in Chicago

Fast-growing Coyote Logistics is adding 500 jobs and upgrading its Logan Square headquarters with the help of a $2.5 million state grant, the company and Gov. Pat Quinn will announce today. The Sun-Times has more.

Hopes fade for GOP comeback in U.S. House races

After losing four congressional seats in the last election, Illinois Republicans are struggling to regain even one of them. Crain’s sizes up the races, and the spending behind the contests.

South Side pastor says he’s being targeted for supporting Rauner

Pastor Corey Brooks claims his support for GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner spurred death threats late last week and may be tied to a burglary at his church this weekend. More from the Sun-Times.

Choose Chicago chooses clout

The Sun-Times finds the private, not-for-profit Choose Chicago has become a home for six-figure-salaried employees and lobbying firms with clout.

What the holidays will deliver for UPS and FedEx

UPS and FedEx are adding jobs by the thousands in anticipation of a record-breaking year end. First Business News has this video report. (Click on image to launch video.)


Christie Says Ebola Nurse Can Go

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said a nurse being quarantined despite testing negative for Ebola can finish her isolation period at home, reversing course after his mandated quarantine drew criticism from health officials and a legal threat from the nurse

Child Tested for Ebola at New York Hospital

Nurse Threatens Ebola Lawsuit

N.Y. Eases Ebola Quarantine RulesHawaii Lava Flow Gains Speed A 14-year-old girl who was wounded Friday when a student opened fire inside a Washington State high school has died, raising the death toll to three

RiteAid and CVS Block Apple Pay Twelve winners of the Nobel Peace Prize asked President Barack Obama late Sunday to ensure that a Senate report on the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation tactics is released so the U.S. can end a practice condemned by many as torture

Giants Beat Royals 5-0, Lead World Series 3-2 The Fast and Furious franchise isn’t exactly known for creativity in its movie titles, but Universal Studios switched it up a bit for the latest installment, dubbed Furious 7. Franchise star Paul Walker shot most of his scenes before his death last year

Boko Haram Kidnaps 30 Children in Nigeria The 22-year-old baseball player lost control of his Chevrolet Camaro on a highway about 215 miles from Santo Domingo, the capital of his native Dominican Republic. Taveras’ girlfriend, named as 18-year-old Edilia Arvelo, also perished

Chocolate May Help With Memory Loss A Syrian activist group said on Sunday the death toll in 40 days of fighting in and around the northern Syrian border town of Kobani has reached 815, as Kurdish fighters battled Muslim militants for a hill west of the town

NYC Boy Being Observed for Possible Ebola Symptoms: Reports

Last International Forces Airlifted From Key Base in Afghanistan

How Civic Science Is Changing Environmentalism

Is GamerGate About Media Ethics or Harassing Women? Harassment, the Data Shows

Do Team Games for Employees Really Improve Productivity?

Canada’s Laval University Shows How to Do Football Right

Brazil’s Rousseff Re-elected by Grateful Working-Class but Country Remains Divided

Death Toll in Syrian Town Passes 800, Activists Say

Cardinals Outfielder Oscar Taveras Dies in Crash

Fast and Furious 7 Gets a New Title

Peace Prize Winners Push Obama on Torture Report

Wash. School-Shooting Victim Dies


Word of the Day Monday, October 27, 2014

Odontoid \oh-DON-toid\


1. of or resembling a tooth; toothlike.