Your NPR news source

Mayor And School Officials Exclude Media From Meeting About School Addition

WBEZ this week released an investigation that shows Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spends millions on new school buildings and annexes that largely benefit white and middle-class students. He is now announcing more of those projects--just not publicly. Media were excluded from a meeting at Skinner Elementary that included elected members of the local school council. A lawyer with the Better Government Association if a majority of council members were there, the exclusion violates state law.

SHARE Mayor And School Officials Exclude Media From Meeting About School Addition

WBEZ this week released an investigation that shows Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spends millions on new school buildings and annexes that largely benefit white and middle-class students. He is now announcing more of those projects--just not publicly. Media were excluded from a meeting at Skinner Elementary that included elected members of the local school council. A lawyer with the Better Government Association if a majority of council members were there, the exclusion violates state law.

The Latest
“Street tracks are different every year, no matter where you go,” Shane van Gisbergen said. “The burial location is always different, whether inside the curb or on top of it. The track always changes.”
NASCAR has unveiled its first electric racecar in Chicago. One test driver said the sound and smell were unlikely anything he’d previously experienced.
NASCAR Chicago Street Race begins this weekend, and sections of DuSable Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue have closed to make way for the event.
Some small business owners said they plan to close during the two-day event, but others are excited about the race and the boost in pedestrian traffic that could bring more sales.
The San Diego-based chain is planning to open eight 24-hour restaurants in the city and suburbs in 2025 and 2026. One will be near Midway Airport, with the rest in the suburbs.