Illinois

3:48am

Sun September 9, 2012
Education

Chicago Teachers May Strike, Teach Political Lesson

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 11:43 am

Members of community group Parents 4 Teachers display pro-teacher posters outside City Hall Friday in Chicago. The Chicago Teachers Union has threatened to strike Monday if negotiations fail.
Sitthixay Ditthavong AP

Twenty-five thousand Chicago teachers are planning to walk off the job Monday if they don't have a contract by midnight Sunday. As the Democrats look to unions to help them get out the vote, a strike by Chicago teachers might just put a crimp in those plans.

On Friday during rush hour, a handful of parents and students stood on a bridge over the Eisenhower Expressway, holding signs that read, "Honk if you support teachers." Among them is Rhoda Gutierrez, who has two children in a Chicago public elementary school.

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1:22am

Fri September 7, 2012
The Salt

Panera Sandwich Chain Explores 'Pay What You Want' Concept

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 2:11 pm

This Panera Cares store in Chicago switched from for-profit to nonprofit this summer, and it started asking customers to pay whatever they want.
Niala Boodhoo for NPR

The concept of "pay what you want" for goods and services is a nostalgic throwback to the days when people trusted one another just a little bit more, and it's something you expect to see at the occasional farm stand or at a hip, independent coffee shop.

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3:16pm

Thu September 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Drew Peterson Convicted Of Killing His Third Wife

Former Bolingbrook, Ill., police Sgt. Drew Peterson, seen here May 8, 2009, was found guilty Thursday of killing his third wife.
M. Spencer Green AP

Drew Peterson, the former Illinois police officer, who became the focus of scrutiny in 2007 after the disappearance of his fourth wife, was found guilty Thursday of murdering his third wife.

The Associated Press reports that Peterson, 58, did not react as the verdict was read. Relatives of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, gasped before hugging each other as they cried quietly in the courtroom, the AP reported.

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7:01am

Fri August 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Chicago Teachers Union Set Sept. 10 Walkout, If No Deal Is Reached

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 11:00 am

Chicago Teachers Union members picket on Aug. 22 in Chicago.
Sitthixay Ditthavong AP

If teachers and administrators can't reach a deal for a new contract by Sept. 10, Chicago Teachers Union members will walk out of classrooms.

As the AP reports, the union's president said they made that decision because they were "tired of being bullied, belittled and betrayed."

The AP adds:

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5:07pm

Sat August 18, 2012
Law

Kids Behind Bars: Illinois Rethinks Juvenile Justice

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 4:36 pm

Elias Roman, 17, has been through Illinois' juvenile justice system twice. But the second time around, he was paired with a mentor, and he's looking at things differently.
Cheryl Corley NPR

In an alley in Little Village on Chicago's West Side, the faint sound of music from a Spanish-speaking radio station wafts in the air and garbage cans are sprayed with gang graffiti. They look like the tattoos on 17-year-old Elias Roman's arms.

"This [alleyway] right here is where I caught my first gun case," says Elias, who was born and raised in the neighborhood, home to a large Mexican-American community.

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