Chicago Public Schools is contracting with for-profit companies to give teens a faster way to earn a high school diploma. Some worry the new, part-time, online alternative schools lower the bar and make a second chance more appealing than the first.
The five candidates vying for mayor are in full debate mode this week. Wednesday, four of the candidates faced off for the first live prime time debate of the cycle and Thursday, all five will debate live. We hear from WBEZ's Lauren Chooljian with more. Also,we discuss what a national group of Sikhs is doing to help increase awareness of the religion. And, we look at the abundance of TV shows offered today verses what things looked like 20 years ago.
Illinois residents involved in the state's Medical Cannabis Pilot Program might see action sooner rather than later after Gov. Bruce Rauner approved an issuing of licenses Monday. We talk with WBEZ reporter Susie An who has been talking to people in the business of making money from medical marijuana. And Illinois Public Radio Springfield Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky outlines policy details. Also, we discuss the financial affects of a potential elected CPS school board.
We continue our "Grading Rahm" series with a look at how the Mayor has impacted parents, teachers and students dependent on his policies. Former railway administrator Joe Szabo returns to Chicago to work on a roadmap for regional transportation at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
We discuss the effect of the income tax rollback in Illinois. We find out how the Affordable Care Act may affect your 2014 return. And, author Tom Geoghegan sees a connection between the decline in union power and the rise in income inequality.
We look at a new website launched by the Chicago Justice Project crunching arrest and conviction data in Cook County. We also find out what public school students expect from the mayor. Plus, the old school sounds of Chicago's Treehouse Records.