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LSC Elections Today

It's Election Day in Chicago--for schools. Chicago is fortunate to have a system that allows for democratic control of our schools. The Center Square Journal wants you to remember to get out and vote--but first, find out about the candidates.

Local school councils have the power to select principals and keep tabs on how school funds and other resources are used-a responsibility that has become even more important as Chicago Public Schools tackle a whooping $900 million deficit that makes the Chicago Transit Authority's doomsdays look like a cakewalk. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and you can find candidate profiles and school contact information through the links below.

For the links, visit the CSJ.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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