In the News ~ Nov. 3

As Illinois’s public education system undergoes overhaul, focus shifts from old guidelines to what’s coming – Mrs. Hoffmans classroom at Norwood Elementary School is buzzing with sound. The sound of small groups of students reading to each other. Sixth-graders Jason Sparks and Andrew Clark are on the floor, flat on their stomachs, facing each other. They take turns reading paragraphs of Ghosts in the Attic to each other, then writing answers to questions on a worksheet. Teacher Sarah Hoffman and reading…

 

Teachers anxious about evaluations (Galesburg Register Mail © 11/02/2014)

Galesburg District 205’s teachers are facing a new professional evaluation system, and some are afraid. “It’s extremely scary,” GEA President David Sharp said. “We’ve gone from a simple and basic evaluation to the other end of the spectrum.”

 

Report: $88.5M in building projects needed at District 186 (Springfield State Journal Register © 11/02/2014)

There’s no shortage of capital projects in the Springfield School District. In fact, there are $88.5 million worth, a new report on district facilities shows. The Springfield School Board at its last meeting reviewed a list of capital projects prepared by Darrell Schaver,

 

Plainfield teachers say workload is mounting (Indian Head Park Suburban Life © 11/02/2014)

PLAINFIELD School District 202 teachers delivered a message to the school board last week that they want a lighter workload and more pay. Related Links Plainfield teachers say workload is mounting Plainfield teachers contract unsettled Plainfield teachers reject tentative contract agreement.

 

Latest state Report Card shows students not college-ready (Joliet Herald News © 11/02/2014)

The Illinois Report Card, released Friday, shows that while a good majority of high school graduates enroll in college, they aren’t necessarily prepared for the coursework that comes with it.

 

Parents call for end to school bullying (Southern Illinoisan © 11/02/2014)

Just a little more than a year ago, a 15-year-old Cambria boy with aspirations of joining the Army infantry to pay his way through college aimed a 12-gauge shotgun at his chest and took his own life.

 

School: DCFS also investigating East St. Louis teacher allegation (Belleville News-Democrat © 11/01/2014)

Allegations that a female special education teacher conducted an improper relationship with a 14-year-old boy are the subject of a state child welfare investigation and were taken to the FBI because police said she might have taken the boy across state lines. As of Friday no charges were filed against the teacher, whose name has not been released.

 

Our View: Benefits to all-day kindergarten (Crystal Lake Northwest Herald © 11/01/2014)

The Northwest Herald Editorial Board offers this week’s thumbs up and thumbs down: Thumbs up: To more McHenry County school districts adding full-day kindergarten. Johnsburg District 12 is investigating the possibility, despite its financial and scheduling constraints. We encourage it to find a way. Students who attend full-day kindergarten are less likely to repeat a grade or drop out, according…

 

DeKalb County school districts’ test scores largely beat average (DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 11/01/2014)

DeKalb School District 428 Superintendent Doug Moeller is already looking ahead to the next school year as officials prepare for revamping student achievement tests. In a state report released Friday, District 428 and its schools fell below state averages in many standardized testing categories, as well as the number of freshmen considered on track to graduate high school.

 

Students Ask Not To Be Called African-American; Teacher Allegedly Calls Them N-Word (Huffpost Chicago © 11/01/2014)

Last week, an Illinois substitute teacher reportedly called a group of four middle school girls the N-word after they asked not to be called African-American. The incident occurred at Jay Stream Middle School in the town of Carol Stream during an eighth-grade social studies class. When interviewed by local news outlet WMAQ, student Mea Thompson, who is of Jamaican descent,

 

Schools look forward to using new assessment (Morris Daily Herald © 11/01/2014)

With Adequate Yearly Progress a thing of the past and the concentration moving to student growth, Illinois schools are looking forward to using new assessments. Related Links Schools look forward to using new assessment Quinns $5 million in funds did not cover projects tab Morris HS students receive National Career Readiness Certificates Special education co-op dropping plans for i…

 

Report shows Quincy schools spend nearly $1,600 less per student than state average (Quincy Herald-Whig © 11/01/2014)

Report cards released Friday by the Illinois State Board of Education show that Quincy Public Schools spent less per pupil for instruction and operations than the state average during the past year, and more of its students come from low-income homes. Data provided on the State Board’s website — illinoisreportcard.com — showed that $5,518 per student was spent for instruction in Quincy last y…

 

Illinois report cards show staggering numbers (WGEM Quincy (NBC) 10 © 11/01/2014)

Illinois state report cards are in, and the numbers don’t look good. The majority of local school districts are falling below state standards. On average, 54 percent of students statewide meet or exceed standards for the Prairie State Achievement Exam. Locally, the Pleasant Hill School District saw some of the lowest scores in the area,

 

Illinois report card points out areas needing improvement in Rockford Public Schools (WREX (NBC) 13 Rockford © 11/01/2014)

The State of Illinois has just released rankings for its school districts. They’re based on this past year’s performance. It’s an extensive report, so 13 News has selected a few statistics from the largest school district in our area, RPS#205. “The state has spent some time and significantly increased what the expectations are,” says District #205 Superintendent Dr. Ehren …

 

 

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Lewis, Garcia, & The Governor’s Race

 

The weekend’s big news is that CTU’s Karen Lewis appeared via video and endorsed Chuy Garcia for mayor. Oh, and Rauner and Quinn are battling it out. Nationally, the New York Times is reporting how opposition to reform candidates like California’s Marshall Tuck has led teachers unions and union-supported candidates to partner with conservative Republicans and adopt some of their rhetoric (which reform candidates and backers also have done, to be fair). Also — I’m in town to see family and friends and to go to the INCS conference downtown. See me there, come up and say “hi.”

Vallas Criticizes Rauner’s Position On Charter Schools, Education Issues Progress Illinois: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate Paul Vallas, a former school executive, says he and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner have fundamentally different views on education reform.

 

Karen Lewis endorses Garcia for mayor Chicago Sun-Times: Speaking publicly for the first time since she underwent brain surgery, Karen Lewis appeared in a video Friday thanking Chicago for its “support, love and … best wishes,” promising to “remain encouraged and focused in the days ahead.”

 

Karen Lewis endorses Garcia for mayor in new video Tribune: A battle with brain cancer prevented Karen Lewis from trying to knock off Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but Friday she backed a man she thinks can finish the job: Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

 

CTU’s Lewis Releases Video Endorsing Garcia For Chicago Mayor ProgressIL: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis released a video Friday afternoon announcing her endorsement of Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Chicago mayor. Take a look at the full video.

 

Clout consultants cash in on CPS rehabs Chicago Sun-Times: … $88,000 more than the cash-strapped board pays Barbara Byrd-Bennett as chief executive officer for the city’s schools, $121,790 more than Mayor Rahm Emanuel makes and nearly $78,000 more than the city pays Garry McCarthy as police superintendent.

 

Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Thank New Safe Passage Workers eNews Park Forest: “Ensuring that every child has access to a safe and nurturing learning environment is our top priority, which is why we continue to invest in our successful Safe Passage program,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said.

 

Saving Catholic schools has been Cardinal George’s personal cause Chicago Tribune: “If Chicago Public Schools officials are truly interested in helping to maintain a quality education system for all and are truly sympathetic to our efforts to do so, let them support those Chicago parents who want to have some help from their own tax money in …

 

Cash-strapped Chicago schools eager for more sponsorship deals Chicago Tribune: Some CPS schools already have their own agreements for items such as athletics gear. But while the district said it wants to bring in money “through sponsorships of CPS’ highly successful athletic programs,” it made it clear that deals and sponsorships …

 

Wilmette schools consider new rules for cyber-bullying Chicago Tribune: In an attempt to stay in line with state law, Wilmette school officials will vote to revise their definitions and punishments for cyber-bullying. Wilmette Public Schools District 39 already has in place a sweeping policy on bullying.

 

NATIONAL

 

California Race Brings Democrats’ Differences on Education Into Focus NYT: Traditional alliances have been scrambled as some teachers’ unions have found more common cause with conservatives than with members of their own party. Mr. Torlakson, the union-backed candidate, has expressed views that at times echo conservative mantras.

 

Superintendent race turns on future of reform EdSource Today: Donors to incumbent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck are spending record sums to influence what they consider is at stake in this election: the direction of education reform.

 

Close state schools superintendent race coming down to the wire KPCC: “His [Tuck’s] backers were able to recruit a very strong and effective candidate,” said David Plank, the executive director of the research center Policy Analysis for California Education. “It is something of a surprise that he has mounted as strong a challenge as he has done.”

 

Education issues often contentious in Maryland governor’s race Washington Post: As the Maryland governor’s race has heated up in recent weeks, education issues have flared up, too, with clashes over pre-kindergarten, college tuition increases and school construction funding.

 

Once Sleepy Campaign Issue, Education Gains Clout AP: Once a sleepy campaign topic, education policies gains political heft in races against GOP. Walker is the chief target, but Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett face similar, educator-led campaigns against them. Those first-term Republicans all took steps to stabilize state budgets with dramatic shifts in how many tax dollars go to schools and teachers.

 

States Slashing Education Spending HuffPost: State-level K-12 education spending has fallen dramatically in many states since 2008. In that time, 29 states cut per pupil spending, shifting the burden of financing education to local school districts and, in many instances, forcing schools to cut costs and even teachers.

 

Girl, 7, Barred From a Connecticut School Over Ebola Concerns Goes Back to Class NYT: The family of Ikeoluwa Opayemi, 7, had sued the Milford school district after she was told to stay away from class for 21 days following a trip to Nigeria.

 

OTHER CITIES

 

New York City School Suspensions Remains Flat WNYC: Once again, black and Hispanic students students comprised a disproportionate share. Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña acknowledged the discrepancy.

 

2 firms that won LAUSD’s tech program most active in seeking meetings LA Times: More than a year before the Los Angeles Board of Education agreed to an iPads-for-all program, Apple and a leading curriculum company repeatedly sought meetings with school board members, newly released emails and records reviewed by The Times show.

 

Under pressure, de Blasio set to outline plan to improve struggling schools ChalkbeatNY: The plan will cover 94 schools, including the roughly two-dozen struggling schools that are already part of an intensive-support program the city quietly launched around the start of the school year, according to a message sent Friday to principals in that program.

 

New Orleans Not Liable For Teachers’ Post-Katrina Job Losses, Court Rules Teacher Beat: Louisiana and the New Orleans parish won’t owe back pay to the 7,500 teachers who lost their jobs after the hurricane.

 

For D.C. Schools, Race And Class Still Define The System WAMU: Why are so many D.C. schools still largely segregated, and what does it mean for the future?

 

Cheating suspicions keep Chinese, South Korean students waiting for SAT scores PBS NewsHour: Nearly 94,000 Chinese undergrads were enrolled in U.S. universities last year, a 25 percent increase over the 2011-12 school year. Just over 38,000 undergrads at U.S. schools came from South Korea last year.

 

 

Political News

 

Close Illinois governor race spurs vote vigilance (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/03/2014)

In the run-up to what could be the closest governor race in Illinois history, Republicans and Democrats are doing all they can to ensure friendly voters cast every possible ballot and their opponents not one extra. As Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and GOP businessman Bruce Rauner mounted their last get-out-the-vote rallies, the state Republican Party began raising red flag …

 

Illinois governor’s race still a close call (WHOI (ABC) 19 Peoria © 11/01/2014)

With just days to go until the election, Illinois voters are still unsure of whether to go with red or blue. …

 

Gubernatorial candidates have different visions for Illinois (Charleston Daily Eastern News © 11/03/2014)

Vying for the title of Illinois governor in Tuesday’s midterm elections are incumbent Democratic candidate Pat Quinn and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner. In addition to their party differences, the candidates both have distinct qualifications and campaign promises. Quinn served as Illinois’ lieutenant governor from 2003 …

 

Answers About The Questions At The Top Of The Ballot (WUIS 91.9 PBR (Springfield) © 11/03/2014)

Illinois voters on Tuesday won’t just have the chance to decide on who’ll be their next governor or state representative. They’ll be asked if Illinois should change its constitution.

 

Social issues take back seat in governor’s race (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/02/2014)

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. 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.”

 

The choice: Comparing Quinn, Rauner on key issues (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/02/2014)

The two candidates for Illinois governor have given voters a lot to think about as they head to the polls Tuesday. The winner faces an immense, complicated job. Whether Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn or Republican businessman Bruce Rauner wins depends on both their campaign tactics and how their stands on key issues sit with voters.

 

Tuesday’s winner faces some mighty big challenges (Bloomington Pantagraph © 11/02/2014)

The winner of Tuesday’s race for governor will face challenges that not only will test his political skills, but affect taxpayers for years to come. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois is on its way to financial recovery. Challenger Bruce Rauner, a Republican, says Quinn has hurt the state more than helped. As Quinn, Rauner and Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm close out the …

 

Erickson: Looks like voters will need an umbrella (Bloomington Pantagraph © 11/02/2014)

Both Democrats and Republicans have spent considerable time and money this election cycle trying to convince voters to cast their ballots early. While the tactic was designed to push potentially reluctant supporters to vote during a non-presidential election when turnout is typically down, it also could have something to do with Illinois’ fickle weather patterns in November.

 

Illinois Patronage Politics Routinely Disenfranchise Voters (Chicago Now © 11/02/2014)

Another Election Day is upon us and like the many I have participated in thus far over the past 4 decades I remain frustrated at the lack of progress. Sadly Illinois Patronage Politics Routinely Disenfranchise Voters as party slate-makers play musical chairs with mostly the same career political hacks that either can’t seem to find the right office to satisfy their own thirst or that of the party …

 

Five things to watch on Tuesday (Decatur Herald and Review © 11/02/2014)

Tuesday’s election will bring to an end another campaign season. Here are five things to watch out for as the returns roll in Tuesday night. First, follow the coverage the www.herald-review.com, including a live chat that I will be leading. We’ll discuss the results as they come in and keep folks updated on what’s happening locally, statewide and nationally. We’ll start the chat at 7:30 p.m.

 

Where Illinois governor hopefuls stand on issues (DeKalb Daily Chronicle © 11/02/2014)

The next governor of Illinois could decide a raft of big issues, from how to close a multibillion-dollar state budget gap to whether businesses must pay a higher minimum wage and whether to put more restrictions on guns. As voters head to the polls Tuesday, here’s a look at where Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, of Chicago, and GOP challenger Bruce Rauner, of Winnetka, stand on some of the top …

 

Bernard Schoenburg: Predictions for races that will finally end (Springfield State Journal Register © 11/02/2014)

I think a more successful path for BRUCE RAUNER in his quest to be governor would have been to talk more and say less — at least about some things. First, the “talk more” part. Rauner may have been well-known in some business and education circles before a couple years ago, but he was a fresh face to most watchers of state government and voters in Illinois. Lack of knowledge about his background …

 

Illinois governor’s election riskier than any tightrope act (Chicago Tribune © 11/01/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner are in the last days of a long, tough and close campaign, with Illinois’ economic future balancing on a fiscal high wire come Tuesday. If you don’t like the frightening condition of the state’s economy, there’s that other high-wire circus to thrill you, the one with Wallenda scheduled to walk Sunday on an impossibly high cable over the Chicago River.

 

Get-out-the-vote efforts matter in Quinn-Rauner race (Chicago Tribune © 11/01/2014)

With polls tight and pre-election tensions tighter, Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner are now turning to the final, furious and perhaps most critical phase of their record-setting $96 million battle for governor: GOTV. That may sound like a political cable channel but it’s really old campaign shorthand for get out the vote efforts, physically making sure that the people inclined to v…

 

Last-minute Vote Influences in Illinois’s Gubernatorial Election (Huffpost Chicago © 11/01/2014)

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney resigned from his position as Springfield bureau chief after 19 years this month. He said ownership of the paper succumbed to pressure from the Bruce Rauner campaign over a story it didn’t like. In a blog post about his resignation, McKinney said he was taken off his political beat while the paper looked into accusations of a conflict of interest between …

 

Chuck Sweeny: Negative campaigns are as American as apple pie (Rockford Register Star © 11/01/2014)

Yes, I know we have dirty election campaigns in this country, especially so in Illinois. The campaign for governor of Illinois this year has been disturbingly negative and fact free. I’ve watched the debates between Republican Bruce Rauner and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, and I did not learn much except that these men probably won’t go out for a beer together.

 

Supporters rally for Rauner in Bethalto (Alton Telegraph © 11/03/2014)

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner hosted a campaign rally at St. Louis Regional Airport with support from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The event took place in a hangar and featured speeches from several Illinois Republicans who are either currently in office or running for office. Illinois General Assembly member Dwight Kay opened the event with a speech …

 

Rauner, Quinn campaign at Chicago churches (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/03/2014)

Illinois’ gubernatorial candidates used the last Sunday before Election Day making final pitches to cast early ballots at Chicago churches and in cities statewide, with Gov. Pat Quinn continuing his push to raise the minimum wage and Republican Bruce Rauner appearing with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, started his first of seven Chicago church visits…

 

Christie stumps for Rauner; First lady accompanies Quinn (Belleville News-Democrat © 11/03/2014)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumped Sunday in Madison County for gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner as the Illinois governor’s race entered the home stretch. A giddy crowd of about 300 cheered as Rauner and fellow Republican Christie stepped off Rauner’s tour bus at St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton, with Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down” blaring over loudspeakers.

 

Vote for Quinn, the lesser of two evils (Charleston Daily Eastern News © 11/03/2014)

If this editorial has all the familiar signs of the “lesser of two evils” political mantra, it’s intentional. It’s a feeling all-too recognizable in Illinois politics, but it’s the reality of our current political make-up. And when it comes to governing the state of Illinois, Pat Quinn is the lesser of two evils

 

Quinn, Rauner Campaign at Churches in Last Days Before Election (Chicago Press Release Service © 11/03/2014)

On Sunday both candidates for Illinois governor visited black churches filled with a critical constituency. NBC5 Political Editor Carol Marin reports Bruce Rauner quoted Luke and Governor Pat Quinn turned to Proverbs as both took the pulpit for a little politicking. (Published Sunday, Nov 2, 2014) Bruce Rauner quoted the Gospel of Luke and Pat Quinn turned to Proverbs as both major candidates for…

 

Bruce Rauner makes stop in Peoria before election (WHOI (ABC) 19 Peoria © 11/03/2014)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is making his final rounds across the state, including Peoria. …

 

Illinois governor candidates tour statewide, Rauner coming to Rockford (WREX (NBC) 13 Rockford © 11/03/2014)

The candidates for Illinois governor are making the last push for votes ahead of Election Day with Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) traveling the state. Quinn and Rauner are kicking off Monday morning in Chicago. Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW’-nur) is scheduled to stop at the historic diner, Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant. …

 

Tom Kacich: No predictions, but campaign observations (Champaign News Gazette © 11/02/2014)

Election predictions, I’m not making any. Here’s why: On March 20 I wrote, “The Quinn/Rauner gubernatorial race, the Durbin/Oberweis Senate contest and the Davis/Callis congressional duel mean gigantic sums will be spent next fall on mail pieces, and TV and radio advertising.” One out of three is bad. Yes, gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and Pat Quinn have spent big

 

Jim Dey: Prediction: Rauner will oust Quinn, crash Democrats party (Champaign News Gazette © 11/02/2014)

Tuesday is Election Day, and then it will all be over. The silence – no more obnoxious attack ads on radio and TV – will be delightfully deafening. Based on poll results, analysts predict a big night nationally for the Republicans. But in solid Democratic Illinois, big GOP gains will be hard to sustain. How hard? In the aftermath of the 2010 elections, a study by Southern Illinois

 

Michelle Obama hits Moline to back Durbin and Quinn (Decatur Herald and Review © 11/02/2014)

Saying she was thrilled to be back in her home state, the first lady urged people to vote during a Democratic rally Saturday at Wharton Field House in Moline.

 

First lady backs Quinn as Rauner calls for change (Joliet Herald News © 11/02/2014)

Gov. Pat Quinn got an assist Saturday from first lady Michelle Obama, who told a cheering crowd the incumbent and other Democrats will ensure a bright future for Illinois children. Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner said Democrats have been running Illinois for too long and it’s time for a change.

 

Democrats dig deep to keep governor’s office (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/01/2014)

At first blush, Illinois would seem to be 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. Pat Quinn is battling to survive against Bruce Rauner, a wealthy…

 

Edgar to campaign with Rauner (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/01/2014)

Former Gov. Jim Edgar will campaign with fellow Republican Bruce Rauner as Rauner makes his final push to become Illinois’ next governor. Edgar is scheduled to join Rauner Monday in Bloomington, Springfield, Moline, Rockford and the Chicago suburbs. Rauner is in a tight race with Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Edgar supported then-state Sen.

 

Quinn, Rauner talk jobs, early voting Friday (Arlington Heights Daily Herald © 11/01/2014)

The candidates for Illinois governor are spending the final days before the Nov. 4 election at events in the Chicago area portraying themselves as the best choice for job creation. Republican Bruce Rauner and running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti toured a cardboard company in Wheeling and encouraged workers to vote Tuesday.

 

Eliminate the useless office of Illinois lieutenant governor (Belleville News-Democrat © 11/01/2014)

Quick, who’s running for lieutenant governor in Illinois? Can you name even one of the candidates? Probably not, which tells you just how utterly useless this position is. The only real duty is to be ready to step in should the governor die, become incapacitated or get impeached. Still, this understudy role will cost taxpayers $1.44 million this fiscal year

 

Emanuel backs Quinn, but governor doesn’t return the favor (Chicago Tribune © 11/01/2014)

While Mayor Rahm Emanuel let politics trump friendship in backing Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn over Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, Quinn didn’t return the favor Friday when asked if Emanuel deserves another term in office. I am going to deal with my election on Tuesday, there will be plenty of time to talk about that, Quinn told reporters after appearing with Emanuel at a training session that …

 

Wife joins Bruce Rauner on campaign trail (WJBC AM 1230 Bloomington © 11/01/2014)

Do Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner share the same stances on social issues? Rauner’s wife says yes. Speaking to a coalition of women supporting her husband’s campaign, Diana Rauner said Gov. Pat Quinn has tried …

 

 

National News

 

 

Can refrigerated chocolates save Mondelez?

As Mondelez International pushes deeper into India, it faces the unique challenge of keeping its line of best-selling chocolate bars from melting in a hot climate where many stores don’t have air conditioning. Crain’s has more on the Deerfield-based company’s solution.

Crain’s cultural preview: What to see this holiday season

We’ve rounded up more than just the usual suspects, highlighting performances and exhibits this holiday season that will surprise and delight you — and make you think. Find Crain’s picks here.

Wallenda walks Chicago windy skies and lives to tell about it

With an estimated 50,000 people watching from the ground below, Nik Wallenda successfully completed his controversial Chicago skywalk last night, breaking two world records and defying critics who claimed the stunt was too dangerous to perform without a harness. More from the Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press.

FBI scrutinizing Chicago landlord

Arthur Holmer, a Chicago landlord who has been accused in lawsuits of everything from bank fraud to not paying his Standard Club dues, soon could be facing an especially tough legal adversary: the U.S. government. Crain’s reports.

Oil prices threaten Caterpillar’s profits

As the price of oil plunges, so are the prospects for the division generating most of the profit at giant equipment manufacturer Caterpillar. Crain’s explains why.

Why McDonald’s could use a loyalty program

As traffic at McDonald’s stores dwindles, the fast-food giant may want to borrow a page from the playbook of its rivals and offer a loyalty card, writes Bloomberg Businessweek.

Quinn, Rauner make final push

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and GOP challenger Bruce Rauner closed out the final weekend of their campaigns quoting scripture to African-American church congregations, each looking for last-minute support as Mr. Rauner sought to cut into the margins of a key Democratic constituency. The Tribune has more. — Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorses Gov. Quinn, but Mr. Quinn doesn’t return the favor. The Trib reports.

CPS clout consultants cash in

The Sun-Times finds dozens of high-paid consultants are working as employees or subcontractors for three politically connected companies with CPS contracts to manage “small renovation projects” done by other contractors.

What’s behind rising labor costs?

First Business News looks at what is driving the increase in employers’ labor costs, and it’s not necessarily higher wages. Watch the video report. (Click on the image to launch video.)

When retirement brings grief

The Wall Street Journal examines why some retirees find breaking up with their jobs is hard to do.

 

Word of the Day  Monday, November 03, 2014

Horology  \haw-ROL-uh-jee, hoh-\

noun;

1. the art or science of making timepieces or of measuring time.