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  • Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

    ATLANTA – Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to ...
    NEW: April 17, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Illinois Tobacco Quitline closes amid grant suspensions

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Tobacco Quitline has been put on hold as a result of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to suspend $26 million in social service ...
    NEW: April 17, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe

    CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no ...
    NEW: April 17, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table

    BOSTON – The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the ...
    NEW: April 17, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Verizon slices up the bundle, lets customers choose

    NEW YORK – Under pressure from an expanding number of cheaper online video services, the long-dominant bundle of channels offered by pay-TV companies ...
    April 17, 2015 - 6:02 pm
  • Family sues driver in alleged DUI death of McHenry 17-year-old

    WOODSTOCK – The surviving family members of a 17-year-old killed by an alleged drunken driver has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
    April 17, 2015 - 7:52 pm
  • MCC seeks literacy, math tutors for adult students

    CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College is looking for people to tutor adult students in reading, math or English as a second language.
    April 17, 2015 - 3:00 pm
  • State restores funding for select McHenry County area school districts

    ALGONQUIN – Algonquin-based District 300 will receive just shy of $700,000 of the $97 million in education funding being restored statewide.
    UPDATED: April 17, 2015 - 11:04 pm
  • Chicago Cardinal Francis George dies at age 78

    CHICAGO – Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who led the U.S. bishops' fight against Obamacare and played a key ...
    April 17, 2015 - 2:22 pm
  • Large measles outbreak traced to Disneyland is declared over

    LOS ANGELES – California health authorities on Friday declared an end to a large measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and triggered a national ...
    April 17, 2015 - 2:03 pm
  • Obama calls delay of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch 'crazy'

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Friday said it was "crazy" and "embarrassing" the way the Republican-led Senate has held up confirmation of his ...
    April 17, 2015 - 1:19 pm
  • Chicago schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett requests temporary leave amid probe

    CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett requested a leave of absence Friday amid a federal investigation over a $20.5 million no-bid ...
    April 17, 2015 - 1:17 pm
  • Fox River Grove approves 2015-2016 budget with plans for new public works facility

    FOX RIVER GROVE – The village board on Thursday unanimously passed the 2015-2016 budget, which includes a few larger capital projects, namely a new pu ...
    April 17, 2015 - 1:18 pm
  • Carly Fiorina aims to keep Hillary Clinton from playing the 'gender card'

    NASHUA, N.H. – Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the "gender card" in ...
    April 17, 2015 - 1:04 pm
  • Lawn mower catches fire before blaze destroys Cary garage (with video)

    CARY – A Cary homeowner saw his lawn mower in flames and heard an explosion before a fire destroyed his detached garage Friday, firefighters said.
    April 17, 2015 - 9:26 pm
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