- Secluding schoolchildren in isolated spaces would be illegal under a new federal bill.
- More than 10,000 times in a single year, Illinois schools put children into seclusion, latest federal data shows
- As of Oct. 1, state agencies reported spending more than $1.6 billion in federal and state funds on COVID-19.
- Nearly two months into the school year, Illinois public health officials said they have verified COVID-19 outbreaks in at least 44 school buildings across the state, but they declined to say where those cases occurred and acknowledged they may not know the full scope of the virus’s spread in schools.
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Across Illinois, schools lock children away for minor infractions: ‘I’m sorry I ripped the paper. ... Please just let me out.’Seclusion rooms are supposed to be a last resort, but students across the state are routinely put in them for infractions as minor as spilling milk.
- The Tribune has spent the last decade chronicling how Madigan operates, including how he places allies in taxpayer-funded jobs.
- The longtime Illinois house speaker defended his hiring recommendations, but they may come at a cost to taxpayers.
- Mayor Lightfoot announced plans to stop ticketing cars during the pandemic. But the city issued thousands when the public was told they’d be getting a break.
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- A laminated chart sent to parents was intended to help young Gurnee schoolchildren identify emotional “zones” while learning remotely. But the “losing control” and “out of control” children were depicted as Black.
- The state is set to roll out a new managed health care plan for thousands of foster children on Tuesday amid concerns from some caregivers and child welfare advocates who question whether the for-profit company that runs the plan has built a provider network that is adequate to handle the population’s unique needs.
- Activists aired a litany of abuse complaints against Chicago police Wednesday, alleging that cops have responded to recent protests by beating peaceful demonstrators, blinding them with pepper spray, making homophobic comments, damaging bikes and attacking medics.
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- Law enforcement agencies obtained 1,319 items since August 2017, including armored vehicles, assault rifles and “advanced combat optical gunsights.”
- Kim Foxx’s office dropped all charges against 29.9% of felony defendants during the first three years of her tenure. Here’s a detailed breakdown.
- An analysis shows Cook County’s top prosecutor is dropping more felony cases than her predecessor. Here’s a look at Kim Foxx's overall record.
- Mayor Lori Lightfoot faces another threat of legal action over her management of the Chicago Police Department, as a lawyer for Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Friday blasted the city for falling behind on court-mandated reform.
- ComEd is paying $200 million as part of a federal investigation into a “years-long bribery scheme” as it tried to score wins in the Illinois House controlled by Speaker Michael Madigan, the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago announced Friday.
- The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has been amassing records related to property tax assessments, including tax breaks given to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, done under former Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios.
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- COVID-19 hurting Chicago Public Schools budget, potentially for years. New contract with teacher union added costs.
- Investigations of anonymous complaints against some Chicago cops would be allowed under a contract decision announced Friday.
- A Chicago youth-activist training organization is suing the city over allegations that police and consumer protection officials illegally ordered the group to stop its efforts to aid protesters late last month.
- The Chicago Police Department is seeking to fire three cops for uses of force caught on video, alleged false statements.
- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is under pressure to change the police union contract to win reforms. Here’s why that’s tougher than it sounds.
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