In the News ~ Oct. 31

State officials: No more ‘failing’ schools this year – 2014 Illinois Report Card highlights •Average ISAT growth scores in reading decreased from 102.1 in 2013 to 99.4, and math increased from 101.4 in 2013 to 102.9. •54.3 percent of students statewide are “meeting” or “exceeding” standards on the PSAE •45.8 percent of students statewide are considered college ready — earning a combined score of at least 21 on the ACT co…


Making the grade: State rates metro-east schools, others across Illinois (Belleville News-Democrat © 10/31/2014)

It’s time for the schools to reveal their grades to the residents and parents they serve, and this year there are quite a few changes in the annual report released Friday. The state is moving away from old metrics designed around the No Child Left Behind Act. For one thing, as of this year, Illinois no longer reports schools making “adequate yearly progress.” Instead, school report cards are add…


District, school report cards released (Geneva Kane County Chronicle © 10/31/2014)

Under No Child Left Behind, every child was expected to be proficient in reading and math this year a standard that no school in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas met, according to information the Illinois State Board of Education released today. However, its data does show that a few elementary schools in the Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles districts topped 90 percent proficiency in some gr…


Illinois Provides Data On Schools Via Award-Winning Report Card (WUIS 91.9 PBR (Springfield) © 10/30/2014)

When you think of a report card, you think of a basic form that provides average test scores and little more. But the new online report cards for each Illinois public school offer more granular data, such as teacher retention and principal turnover rates, the percentage of high school freshmen deemed “on track” for graduation, and even survey results for how safe students feel at school. …


On-track rates range from 70 percent to 100 percent for area high schools (Springfield State Journal Register © 10/31/2014)

Principal Bob Richardson expects 100 percent from his students 100 percent of the time. His 2013-14 freshman class at Taylorville High School came remarkably close to a perfect score. The class, now sophomores, topped the state average of 87.4 percent of freshmen on track to graduate with a score of 97.9 percent. The Illinois State Board of Education today released the 2014 state ass…


State report card measures percentage of freshmen on schedule to graduate (Springfield State Journal Register © 10/31/2014)

The chip on Gabe Adams’ shoulder might be enough to keep him on track to graduate in four years, but one-third of his classmates at Southeast High School might not, data the Illinois State Board of Education released Friday suggests. The public for the first time this year can view a new metric on the Illinois School Report Card website that shows the percentage of students on track at the end the…


Waukegan Teachers Reach Deal With Board Of Ed (UPDATED) (Progress Illinois © 10/31/2014)

The Waukegan teachers’ strike is set to come to an end after the Waukegan Teachers’ Council and school board reached an agreement in the early morning hours of Thursday.  The three-year deal is being reviewed by both parties and should be ratified later today. If the deal is approved, teachers would be back in schools on Friday to prepare for students’ arrival on Monday.


Waukegan teachers approve contract ending strike (WICS ABC 20 (Springfield) © 10/31/2014)

Waukegan teachers have approved a new contract with the city’s school district. About 86 percent of Waukegan Teachers’ Council members approved the contract Thursday. The agreement ends a 20-day strike that kept about 17,000 students out of class. Negotiators for Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 and the teachers met for nearly 14 hours Wednesday before re…


Strike is over: Waukegan teachers vote 86 percent ‘yes’ to ratify new contract (Lake County News Sun © 10/31/2014)

Students will be back in school Monday after an overwhelming number of Waukegan teachers voted to ratify their new three-year contract Thursday afternoon. The 20-school-day strike officially ended at 5 p.m. with an 86 percent vote in favor of the new deal. According to the Waukegan Teachers Council, there are nearly 1,200 members in the union and 1,006 cast ballots. We got what we were hoping …


Waukegan district, teachers come to terms after monthlong strike (Chicago Tribune © 10/31/2014)

Ending a strike that kept more than 16,000 students out of school for a month, Waukegan Teachers’ Council members overwhelmingly approved a new contract late Thursday. Few details have been released on the terms of the three-year deal, which union officials said was endorsed about 86 percent of members who voted, or about 1,000 teachers. Classes will resume Monday at the district’s 24 campuses. …


Governor Pat Quinn Statement on Tentative Agreement to End Waukegan Teacher Strike, Return Students to Classrooms (eNews Park Forest © 10/31/2014)

Governor Pat Quinn yesterday directed Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico to work with Waukegan School District 60 to reach a resolution in their ongoing negotiations. Late Wednesday, leadership from the teachers and school board announced a tentative agreement that will allow students to return to school on Monday.


Supt. supports funding reform (Galesburg Register Mail © 10/31/2014)

Earlier this month, District 205 Superintendent Bart Arthur sent a letter to the District 205 community. In it, he called on the community to support Senate Bill 16, which would change the formula for how Illinois school districts are funded. According to Arthur, the bill in its current form could bring over $4.9 million in additional funding to the district. “It would take us from …


Letter: Vote no on continued pension spiking in District 86 (Oak Brook Doings © 10/31/2014)

Speaking as an individual who currently sits as vice president and Finance Committee chairman for the Hinsdale High School District 86 Board, I personally urge all voters to vote “NO” and send a message to the District 86 Board and union that you oppose all pension spiking in District 86 as unethical, unsustainable and not tolerable for taxpayers. Please vote “NO” to this referendum question ask…


Bill of wrongs: Local schools, taxpayers aren’t buying Senate Bill 16 (Palos Heights Regional News © 10/31/2014)

Taxpayers who came to Sandburg High School ready for a fight last Thursday unclenched their fists a bit after hearing that proposed legislation that would strip millions of dollars from local schools will not be considered by the Illinois House of Representatives until next spring. Orland School District 135 Board President Joseph S. La Margo shared that news with more than 200 parents and others …


Lake Zurich Unit District 95 critical of proposal to redistribute state education funding (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 10/30/2014)

Concerned about the possible loss of $3 million annually, Lake Zurich Unit District 95 wants residents to encourage lawmakers to oppose a proposal that would change how the state funds schools. What’s led some suburban school administrators and board members to sound the alarm is Senate Bill 16. Under the proposal, an attempt would be made to reduce disparities among Illinois schools by f…



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National Union Re-Evaluating $1M To CTU


Halloween Friday roundup: CTU not endorsing any individual candidate but still trying to influence the race. Meantime, the AFT national may not fund the race now that Lewis is out. More immediately, ISBE released new report card information, and there are lots of stories about the results (nothing CPS-specific yet). Nationally, 100K teachers and parents signed the AFT petition against TIME’s magazine cover, and Indianapolis is canceling a teacher-led turnaround plan.




Opinion: Will Karen Be A Kingmaker? NBC Chicago: As president of the Chicago Teachers Union, Lewis was at the forefront of a number of critical battles in Chicago: education policy, pension funding, poverty and social justice.


THE BEN & JESSE SHOW Klonsky: Ben Joravsky had lots of good questions for acting CTU Pres. Jesse Sharkey at last night’s Take Back Chicagoevent, organized by Parents 4 Teachers. Sharkey didn’t speak directly to the union’s endorsement in the upcoming mayor’s race, but made his feelings clear that the more progressive candidates in the race, the better chance of forcing Rahm into a run-off. Sharkey also made clear the union’s support for a host of candidates running in ward elections and optimistically predicted an end to Rahm’s super-majority in the City Council. He also predicted success for an elected-school-board initiative ultimately getting on the ballot.


Union election spending Catalyst: Now that Lewis isn’t running, will the AFT — a staunch critic of Emanuel’s education agenda — be involved in the mayoral election at all? That has yet to be decided. On Tuesday, the AFT’s Randi Weingarten issued a statement saying the initial commitment was to Lewis as a “union sister.” “As Karen has decided not to run, we will have to re-evaluate based on many factors – as we do across the nation — starting with conversations with our local affiliates in Chicago,” she says.




State releases school test scores, other new data WBEZ: Scores released today by the Illinois State Board of Education show the percentage of grammar school children considered proficient in reading dipped to 56.8 percent from 58.5 percent, while the percentage of students meeting state standards in math inched up to 58.9 percent from 57.9 percent. Statewide, 66.3 percent of high school graduates are enrolled in college within 12 months of graduation and overall, 85.6 percent of teachers stayed teaching in the same school they taught in last year. A school-by-school breakdown is available at


Most public school students aren’t prepared for college work, data show Chicago Tribune: Several dozen low-performing Chicago public schools also had below-average college-going rates, but the district’s selective-enrollment schools had some of the highest rates in the state.


Illinois Report Card Shows Increase In Low-Income Students WNIJ and WNIU: Illinois has hit a milestone it was not trying for. Low-income children now outnumber middle-class students in Illinois public schools.


‘Welcoming schools’ progress a mixed bag at best Chicago Sun-Times: In 2013, when a historic number of Chicago Public Schools were closed, the district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett promised that every child whose school had been shuttered would end up in a better place.


Chicago dominates top of state list with elite schools, with a catch Chicago Sun-Times: He said in an email that “Chicago Public schools is working on a comprehensive high school strategy to improve all high schools and is making ..




CPS wants to delay new standardized exam; state’s answer is still ‘No’ Chicago Sun-Times: The district’s schools “are simply not ready for the full-scale implementation of the test” and “the testing demands on students and burdens on teachers and principal … will be overwhelming,” CEOBarbara Byrd-Bennett wrote to the state board in June.


Dyett supporters vow to fight for “green tech” plan Catalyst: The announcement last week that CPS reversed course and now plans to reopen Dyett High, set to close at the end of the school year, was a hard-won battle for community activists. But the war is not over.




Schools chief race most expensive statewide race EdSource Today: The battle for California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction race is now the most expensive statewide race this year, surpassing spending in even the Governor’s race by three times, and it is also the most expensive State Superintendent race in at least 12 years.


Parents, Teachers Deliver Over 100,000 Signatures To Time Magazine Demanding Apology HuffPost: Teachers, parents and union leaders gathered in front of Time magazine headquarters on Thursday to protest the publication’s latest cover. According to a press release from the American Federation of Teachers, the cover (pictured below) depicts teachers as “‘rotten apples’ needing to be smashed by Silicon Valley millionaires with no experience in education.”


Cheating concerns force delay in SAT scores for South Koreans and Chinese Washington Post: The nature and extent of the alleged security breach were unclear Thursday because the College Board and its contractor, the Educational Testing Service, revealed few details about the unfolding investigation. But the score-reporting delay could affect thousands of students seeking admission to U.S. colleges as November deadlines loom for early applications.


A simple way to help poor kids succeed: make sure they actually go to school Vox: Here’s a deceptively simple way to close part of the achievement gap between poor and wealthy students: make sure that poor students are in school as much as their richer peers.


For toddlers, it’s the quality of the screen time that matters, study reveals PBS NewsHour: A new study gives parents a guide on how to let their children interact with screens like TVs and tablets. One of the keys: when kids are using devices, parents should be active participants.


50 Great Teachers: A Celebration Of Great Teaching NPR: Our new series will tell the stories of great teachers, and explore some big questions: What is great teaching? Can it be taught? How do good teachers become great ones?


New Federal Standard for Aid to For-Profit Colleges Draws Criticism NYT: The gainful employment provision sets a rule based on the percentage of a program graduate’s income that can be used for loan payments.


How To Recognize Warning Signs Of School Shootings Seattle Public Radio: Marcie Sillman hears from sociologist Katherine Newman, author of “Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings,” about how communities can help students to recognize and report warning signs of a potential school shooting.




Boston Mayor Menino, Who Helped Transform City’s Schools, Dies at 71 District Dossier: Thomas M. Menino, the popular mayor of Boston who had authority over the city’s schools throughout his 20-year tenure, died Oct. 30 of cancer. He was 71.


Indianapolis Cancels Teacher-Led School Turnaround Contract TeacherBeat: A turnaround strategy using cohorts of teacher-leaders won’t be used in Indianapolis.


LA Schools’ Technology Expansion Loses Its Biggest Advocate KPCC: With the resignation of Superintendent John Deasy, the future of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s troubled iPad program is even more uncertain.


NYS Schools Are Barring Immigrant Students WNYC: “It’s shocking that the SED has not acted sooner or more decisively to guarantee the right of all New York children to an education.”


New York City Comptroller to Audit Success Academy Charter Network NYT: Scott M. Stringer’s office said it had begun an examination of the “financial and operating practices” of Eva S. Moskowitz’s 32-school network and three other institutions. See also ChalkbeatNY, ChalkbeatNY



Political News


Ty Fahner: What if the Court rejects pension reform? (Springfield State Journal Register © 10/31/2014)

What if? It’s the single most important question that Illinois residents should be asking and candidates for office should be answering. Yet as Election Day approaches, too few are asking about the most critical issue facing the state. What if the Illinois Supreme Court rejects pension reform? Illinois needs an open and honest conversation about the potential impact this decision could have on the…


Hot topics in the Illinois gubernatorial race that could impact teens (Belleville News-Democrat © 10/31/2014)

These days, you can’t make it through a commercial break without seeing an ad for (or against) one of the two candidates running for governor of Illinois. But where do these guys really stand? We took a closer look at their platforms and broke down the issues that could impact teens. Pat Quinn, Democrat


New Jersey Gov. Christie to stump for Rauner in metro-east (Belleville News-Democrat © 10/31/2014)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will attend a rally Sunday in East Alton for GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. The rally is 2:30 p.m. at St. Louis Regional Airport, 8 Terminal Drive. The stop in East Alton is part of a weekend tour that has Christie also stumping for fellow GOP candidates in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, South Carolina …


Campaigns going into overdrive this weekend (Bloomington Pantagraph © 10/31/2014)

With the clock ticking on the 2014 election season, Illinois politicians spent Thursday prepping for a final, hectic weekend on the campaign trail. Both candidates for governor are planning statewide tours aimed at getting their supporters to the polls. And, big names are descending on the Land of Lincoln in hopes their star power will shine on their chosen candidates. First lady …


Quinn, Rauner pick up newspaper endorsements (Bloomington Pantagraph © 10/31/2014)

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) each picked up an additional endorsement from a newspaper in the state. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan endorsed Quinn on Wednesday, while The Quincy Herald-Whig endorsed Rauner on Thursday. The Southern described Quinn as “the devil you know.” The endorsement says Illinois is a “mess” but questions


PAT QUINN IS THE ONLY CHOICE FOR GOVERNOR (Chicago Crusader © 10/31/2014)

Governor Pat Quinn has come under fire lately because of some of the decisions that he has made. Because of this, the blame for the current state of the economy in Illinois is placed squarely on his shoulders as opposed to his critics really examining the historical causes for the current situation. Timing is everything, and it seems at this time that the African American community is choosing …


Rauner and Quinn in tight race (Chicago Extra News © 10/31/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn Bruce Rauner The hot dog blunder heard around Illinois. At a Portillos in Vernon Hills on Tuesday Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner ordered three hotdogs. “On one, I want everything. One, we want nothing on it. And one, we just want ketchup and mustard,” he told the cashier taking the order.


Why I’m Not Voting for Bruce Rauner (Chicago Now © 10/31/2014)

Bruce Rauner wants to be the governor of Illinois.  He says he personifies hope.  He can make our economic vista rosy again.  He will not raise taxes. He will, in fact, lower them.  He is the education candidate.  He will work with those on both sides of the aisle.  He will create jobs and lower unemployment.  He will bring back the flush times to the Prairie State.


How first lady, Rauner factor into their parties House races (Chicago Sun Times © 10/31/2014)

First lady Michelle Obama headlines a rally for Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Saturday — the last of a series of White House assists — as Republicans tell me the coattails of GOP governor hopeful Bruce Rauner will help two critical Downstate congressional races. The major battle in the Chicago area is between Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and former Rep…


Michelle Obama to campaign for Democrats Saturday in western Illinois (Chicago Tribune © 10/31/2014)

First lady Michelle Obama will appear Saturday in Moline at a get-out-the-vote rally for three Democrats: Gov. Pat Quinn, Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos. All three are running for re-election Tuesday and face Republican challenges. Bruce Rauner, an equity investor from Winnetka, is running against Quinn, and state Sen. Jim Oberweis faces Durbin. Former U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling of Colona…


For Rauner and GOP, magic number in Illinois House is 1 (Chicago Tribune © 10/31/2014)

There are 118 Illinois House seats on the ballot Tuesday, but for Republicans, the magic number is one. The GOP knows it’s highly unlikely they’ll catch a tidal wave and sweep Speaker Michael Madigan out of power. But all the House Republicans need to do is end up with one more seat and the long-serving Southwest Side Democrat will no longer hold a supermajority of 71 members. That would be a bi…


Illinois Governor Race: Quinn-Rauner Spending Could Surpass $100 Million (Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 10/31/2014)

WARNING: If excessive campaign expenditures on both sides of the aisle makes you queasy, then you might not want to read what I’m about to write. The Chicago Tribune reports that spending in t…


Michelle Obama to Continue Campaigning in Illinois (Chicago WMAQ (NBC) 5 © 10/31/2014)

Michelle Obama will fly home to her native Illinois this weekend to campaign for Democrats at a rally in the eastern city of Moline, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. On Saturday, she’ll headline an e…


Michelle Obama to campaign in Moline for Pat Quinn, Dick Durbin (Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 10/31/2014)

MOLINE – First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to be in western Illinois this weekend to campaign for Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos. Obama’s visit to Moline on Saturday to stump for the Democratic candidates comes ahead of Tuesday’s election. She’s to headline a Democratic Party of Illinois Get Out the Vote rally at the Wharton Field House. Obama was in Illino…


Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner offer different emphasis on social issues (Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 10/31/2014)

Normally hot-button social issues like gay marriage and abortion rights have remained on the back burner for much of the Illinois governor’s race, with candidates more focused on the state’s dire fiscal problems.


Candidates face busy weekend (Decatur Herald and Review © 10/31/2014)

SPRINGFIELD — With the clock ticking on the 2014 election season, Illinois politicians spent Thursday prepping for a final weekend on the campaign trail. Both candidates for governor are planning statewide tours aimed at getting their supporters to the polls. And, big names are descending on the Land of Lincoln in hopes their star power will shine on their chosen candidates.


Illinois governor’s race sees social issues take backseat (DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 10/31/2014)

Normally hot-button social issues like gay marriage and abortion rights have remained on the backburner for much of the Illinois governor’s race, with candidates more focused on the state’s dire fiscal problems. Republican businessman Bruce Rauner, who is challenging Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, goes so far as to say he doesn’t have a “social issues agenda.”


Bruce Rauner says women will decide Illinois governor’s race (DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 10/31/2014)

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says women will decide the close race between him and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The Winnetka businessman and his wife Diana appeared at a Chicago women’s event on Thursday to encourage get-out-the-vote efforts ahead of next Tuesday’s election. Women in the moderate, independent-voting suburbs are considered a key swing vote,


Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm sits down with the Phoenix (Loyola University Phoenix © 10/31/2014)

The Phoenix speaks with Democratic candidate Pat Quinn and Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm. Republic candidate Bruce Rauner did not respond to Phoenix requests. Courtesy of Chad Grimm for Governor // Facebook When Chad Grimm answered the phone, he was just getting to the office after a day of campaigning. Eight speeches at a school in his hometown of Peoria in central Illinois hadn’t tired …


Governor candidate Pat Quinn sits down with the Phoenix (Loyola University Phoenix © 10/31/2014)

The Phoenix speaks with Democratic candidate Pat Quinn and Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm. Republican candidate Bruce Rauner did not respond to Phoenix requests. When The Loyola Phoenix spoke with current Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn, about seven people were crammed inside an elevator at Loyola’s Lewis Towers downtown.


Illinois should be ready for a Republican governor (Loyola University Phoenix © 10/31/2014)

With the final governor debates wrapping up last week and Election Day rapidly approaching, the race is as close as they come. Incumbent Democratic governor Pat Quinn, who has been in office since 2009, is being challenged by Republican businessowner Bruce Rauner in one of the most expensive elections the state has ever seen. Rauner has a chance of defeating Quinn come Nov. 4, but are Illinois r…


Campaigns go into overdrive this weekend (Mattoon Journal Gazette © 10/31/2014)

With the clock ticking on the 2014 election season, Illinois politicians spent Thursday prepping for a final weekend on the campaign trail. Both candidates for governor are planning statewide tours aimed at getting their supporters to the polls. And, big names are descending on the Land of Lincoln in hopes their star power will shine on their chosen candidates.


The demotion of Dave McKinney (Springfield Illinois Times © 10/31/2014)

Perhaps the worst thing to happen to journalism over the years is its simplistic overreliance on the mere “appearance of impropriety” to justify big, splashy stories. No actual wrongdoing need ever be found, just something that might look a bit fishy to a reporter’s overly suspicious eyes. It’s one of the nation’s most anti-democratic trends because it’s solely based on the foundation that ever…


Dave McKinney: Mensch (Springfield Illinois Times © 10/31/2014)

I’ve known Dave McKinney, erstwhile Springfield bureau chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, for about three years now. We have lunch now and again. We’ll catch a Cardinals game when I can get free tickets. It was during one of these games that Dave told me about his new love, the woman who would become his wife. He was as smitten as I’ve ever seen anyone. He also talked about his old love, newspaperin…


71st District candidates urge more education funds (Sterling Sauk Valley News © 10/31/2014)

STERLING – Former Rock Island County Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Wozniak and state Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale each share at least one priority: education. Related Links Sterling mayor backs Jacobs in 36th District 71st District candidates urge more education funds Jacobs at Willy’s tonight; dinner is on him 17th Congressional District hopefuls work to highlight differences Sm…


OUR VIEW: Please give governor’s race serious thought (Streator Times-Press © 10/31/2014)

Call it a hot race, a close race, but most important, we call it a critical race. The choice you make for governor of Illinois next week could have a huge impact on the future of this state. We think it’s crucial you take a close look at what both candidates bring to the table. It’s obviously a question that divides Illinois residents — beyond party lines.


Quinn, Rauner Spar Over Credit For Digital Design Center (WBBM TV CBS 2 Chicago © 10/31/2014)

The two candidates for governor sparred over a new digital design center in Chicago as Gov. Quinn presided over the ground-breaking for the project on Thursday, which Bruce Rauner said was his idea. The truth is that they probably both deserve credit, along with many others who convinced President Obama and Defense Department for $70 million just to prime the pump for the Goose Is…


Rauner, Quinn Seek To Shore Up Support Among Key Voters (WBBM TV CBS 2 Chicago © 10/31/2014)

With five days until the election, both Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner were playing to groups they hope will be their strength at the polls. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Quinn met on the South Side with a group of African-American ministers and elected officials, like U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), who took a jab at those in the c…


Rauner Claims Governor’s Job Plan was His Idea (WJOL-1340 Joliet © 10/31/2014)

Republican Bruce Rauner says Governor Quinn is trying to take the credit for bringing a new digital manufacturing lab to Chicagos Goose Island. He says he proposed, developed, and pitched the plan to Mayor Emanuel six years ago. Quinn and Emanuel were at a groundbreaking for the development yesterday and Quinn brushed off Rauners assertion, calling him a bully for trying to claim credit. Quinn say…


Illinois Dems dig deep to keep governor’s office (WREX (NBC) 13 Rockford © 10/31/2014)

At first blush, Illinois seems like a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor. The population leans left. Democrats control most of state government, and this year’s race is likely to turn on the Chicago area, one of the few places President Barack Obama can still bring large crowds to their feet. But Democratic Gov.



National News


Art Institute school buys big South Loop site The School of the Art Institute of Chicago recently paid close to $24 million for a 56,000-square-foot parking lot at 609-673 S. State St., where it plans to develop a “new, purpose-built school building.” Chicago Real Estate Daily has more.
Nursing home firm Aviv to be acquired in $3 billion all-stock dealChicago-based real estate investment trust Aviv will be acquired by rival Omega Healthcare in an all-stock deal worth about $3 billion. The companies each own hundreds of nursing homes across the country. The Associated Press has the breaking story.
Why cheap oil is bad for airlinesYou would think falling oil prices would be a boon to airlines. But Crain’s Joe Cahill explains why a leading analyst thinks high oil prices keep airlines disciplined so they make better decisions.
McDonald’s to change U.S. structureThe fast-food giant is planning to give leaders in its 22 U.S. regions more autonomy in making local menu and marketing decisions. The Wall Street Journal has details.
Illinois lottery manager scratches off $20 million investmentOne of the two partners in the joint venture that runs the Illinois Lottery took a $19.7 million write-off on its investment after Gov. Pat Quinn decided to terminate its management contract last summer. Crain’s reports.
Groupon mulls overseas optionsChicago-based Groupon is seeking partners for its operations in Asia, after its fourth-quarter forecast missed analysts’ estimates. More from Bloomberg.
A penalty for Mondelez in CFTC probe?The Commodity Futures Trading Commission plans to take formal action in its investigation into wheat futures trading by old Kraft businesses that are now part of Mondelez International, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Before you complain about the CTA again, read thisThe Chicago Transit Authority provides an excellent deal for riders and is admirably living within its means, says Yonah Freemark of the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago. But is that all we want of the nucleus of our region’s transit system? Read his Crain’s guest op-ed here.
Chicago tops in ‘zombie’ carsChicago ranked No. 1 on Experian Automotive’s list of major metro areas haunted by so-called “zombie” vehicles: cars made by now-defunct automotive brands that are still roaming the roadways. Here’s the story from the Wall Street Journal.
Chevy’s most awkward World Series moment A Kansas City sales rep for Chevrolet let his nerves get the best of him while presenting a truck to World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner Wednesday night, mumbling about “technology and stuff.” First Business News looks at Chevy’s handling of the incident in this video report. (Click on image to launch video.)


 Word of the Day  Friday, October 31, 2014

Cryptesthesia  \krip-tuhs-THEE-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh\


  1. Psychology . allegedly paranormal perception, as clairvoyance or clairaudience.



7 Spooky Words for Halloween



Nyctophobia – [nik-tuh-foh-bee-uh]

Are you afraid of the dark? If the answer is yes, you might have nyctophobia, the abnormal fear of night or darkness. Derived from the Greek nux for “night” and phobia meaning “an aversion,”nyctophobia is the perfect word for anyone who hides under the covers once the lights go out. If you’d rather sleep in a coffin than a bed, you’ll feel nice and cozy with our next word.