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Chicago Public Schools Announces Over 1,000 Layoffs

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The Chicago Public School system has already overseen a record number of school closings and on Thursday the system announced that it would be laying off over 1,000 staff members. In total CPS is sending approximately 1,150 employees to the unemployment line due to a drop in enrollment. About double that number were let go last year when Chicago embarked on its extraordinary school closings. Officials began calling staffers to…

Man Accused of Leaving His Morbidly Obese Wife to Die, Covered in Maggots

Man Accused of Leaving His Morbidly Obese Wife to Die, Covered in Maggots

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by Barry Burch Jr. For some people there is a catch to the wedding vows, “to have and to hold…until death do us part.”  Sadly, most don’t find out what that catch is until its too late.  Gaining too much weight or suddenly becoming disabled are both popular excuses for why many spouses believe their vows should be nulled and voided; maybe not legally, but certainly in their minds and hearts, causing unhappiness and…

Report: CPS Fraud, Employee Misconduct Includes $1.13 Million in Improper Benefits

Report: CPS Fraud, Employee Misconduct Includes $1.13 Million in Improper Benefits

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    In the year leading up to the overhaul of Chicago Public Schools leadership, the school district was beset by troubling instances of fraud and employee misconduct, including $1.13 million in improper benefits paid to retired teachers, systemic abuse of the federal free lunch program at a West Side high school, and a scheme by a central office employee to use school funds to buy items he later exchanged…

Two teens charged in videotaped high school fight (VIDEO)

Two teens charged in videotaped high school fight (VIDEO)

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Two female teens have been charged over a fight at Sullivan High School and Chicago Public Schoolsofficials are investigating. The fight occurred Oct. 6 during a biology class at the North Side school and led to a 14-year-old girl being pulled by the hair, having her head banged against a desk and getting knocked to the ground, according to authorities and cell phone video of the fight. CPS officials said a…