The first phase of asbestos removal is set to start May 1 at a central Illinois junior high school that was forced to close for the rest of the school year.Renovations are projected to cost $3.2 million at Chiddix Junior High School.
The East St. Louis school system says it will shutter five schools because of declining enrollment and in an effort to pare the district's roughly $12 million budget deficit.The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the schools will close by June 30.
A controversial bill that would place speed cameras around Chicago school zones is heading to the Illinois House for a full vote.State Rep. Dan Burke (D-Chicago) chairs the committee that voted Tuesday morning to send the bill to the full House.
Vacant properties received quite a bit of attention from the city of Chicago recently. This past July, the city passed an ordinance making banks and lenders responsible for the upkeep of empty buildings on their books.
With back-to-school time here, the League of Illinois Bicyclists is making a push to get more kids to bike to school.It cites data showing that the number of U.S. kids biking to school plummeted from 42 percent in 1969 to just 16 percent in 2001.
A published report says severance packages paid to superintendents have cost Illinois taxpayers millions of dollars over the last decade.The Chicago Tribune reports that school boards have given out six-figure separation checks, district-paid health care, cash for sick days and e