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A new report shows that in 2015, Illinois ranked among the five worst states in terms of largest populations served by water systems with health violations. 

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It’s still the unanswered question even though the Mayor Emanuel says schools will remain open until the end of the school year.

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Juan Felipe Herrera

For the past year, Juan Felipe Herrera has been working with dozens of Chicago Public School teachers to bring his passion for poetry to thousands of ninth-grade students.

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May 1 has historically been a day of labor rights marches. But this year, groups are protesting a number of different causes, mostly in opposition to the presidency of Donald Trump.

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The Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Schools are teaming up this summer to help ensure safe travel for thousands of youth participating in recreational programs and sports leagues.

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“Obviously we’re very disappointed in the judge’s ruling that it is permissible for the state of Illinois to discriminate on the basis of race,” said CPS CEO Forrest Claypool on Friday. (Chicago Tonight)

A Cook County Judge has dealt a financial setback to Chicago Public Schools – stating that the school district’s complaint is “not the vehicle to address [the state’s] inequity” in education funding.

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“The kids of the city of Chicago will be in school to the end of the school year. That is where they belong,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday. (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools will stay open until June 22, the end of the regular school year, instead of closing early on June 1. “You will be in school until the end of the school year. We will be here working to find the resources,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Former SUPES co-owner Thomas Vranas receives 18-month sentence

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Courtroom sketch of Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleading and crying in front of U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang. (Thomas Gianni)

The disgraced former Chicago Public Schools CEO will spend 54 months in prison after a federal judge sentenced her Friday for the yearslong kickback scheme she ran while chief of the cash-strapped district.

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Chicago Public Schools is hoping to simplify its rigorous high school application process with a new plan promising to save time and limit headaches for families and students.

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CPS CEO Forrest Claypool speaks in Dec 2016 at a Chicago Board of Education meeting. During Wednesday’s meeting, he offered no new details on the district’s plan for the end of the school year. (Chicago Tonight)

“This could be a critical week for the future of our schools,” CPS CEO Forrest Claypool said Wednesday at a Chicago Board of Education meeting. “Ending school early would be a tragedy for Chicago students.”

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Darrell Cannon, one of the Burge torture victims, speaks before the Chicago City Council in 2015. (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago teachers will spend the coming weeks preparing for a new course on the history of the disgraced former Chicago Police Department commander who, for two decades, systematically abused and tortured suspects on the South Side to force confessions.

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Officials from a Chicago-based education collaborative looked at years of studies on social and emotional learning and found consistent, positive effects on student behavior and outcomes.

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Lane Tech was ranked as the No. 5 public high school in the state of Illinois, according to U.S. News. Chicago Public Schools took each of the top five spots on the list. (LonelyBeacon / Wikimedia Commons)

In addition to having the top five highest-rated public high schools in the state, Chicago Public Schools has two of the top 100 high schools in the country, according to new rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

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Some Chicago teachers say CPS is looking into whether they are skipping school.

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High rent prohibits many U.S. teachers from living in the same cities in which they work. That’s according to a new report from the rental marketplace Apartment List. But in Chicago, teachers are faring better than their coastal peers.

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While there won’t be a May 1 strike, the Chicago Teachers Union is encouraging its members to take personal days to participate in other rallies and events to celebrate International Workers' Day.