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INTERACTIVE MAP EXPLORES CIVIC EDUCATION BY STATE
How does Illinois stack up against the other 49 states in its civic education requirements and standards?…  more »
ILLINOIS PRIMARY POLLS OPEN FOR VOTING
It’s primary election day in Illinois, and we’re hoping residents across the state put democracy first and make heading to the polls a priority…  more »
COLLABORATIVE SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN CHICAGO'S PUBLIC SCHOOL…
CEJE's current research project focuses on last spring's massive school closings and the impact on students, parents, and communities…  more »
CNN'S CHICAGOLAND SERIES PREMIERES THURSDAY
This 8-episode series explores "where policy meets real people's lives" and chronicles the challenges facing this heartland city…  more »
'SUFFRAGE AT 17' LAW CREATES MORE HIGH SCHOOL VOTERS IN…
Nearly 3,500 17-year-olds across Suburban Cook County are now registered to vote just ahead of the primary state election…  more »
GREAT CITIES, GREAT SCHOOLS: A CONVERSATION WITH PEDRO…
Professor Noguera from New York University is visiting UIC to talk educational policy and reform…  more »
CHICAGO COMMUNITY TRUST INVITES CHICAGOLAND TO SHARE IDEAS…
On May 12, residents from across the Chicago metropolitan region will put their ideas "on the table" and shape a public agenda to build better,…  more »
GOV. QUINN TO DELIVER STATE OF THE STATE AT NOON
Today in Springfield, Gov. Quinn will focus his speech on building the middle class and growing the economy…  more »
STATE OF THE UNION 2014: A CONVERSATION WITH THE AMERICAN…
Tune in tonight 8 p.m. CT to hear President Obama address Congress and the nation, and follow-up with one of the many interactive opportunities…  more »
CHICAGOCODE.ORG DELIVERS CITY LAW TO THE HANDS OF CITIZENS
A joint initiative from the OpenGov Foundation and the City Clerk’s Office has opened up the City’s Code and turned it into an accessible online…  more »
BEST PRACTICES FOR CONNECTING WITH YOUR CONSTITUENTS ONLINE
An article in the EUobserver seeks to help elected officials successfully respond to citizens' demands for more online interaction…  more »
BUILDING A CIVIC INFRASTRUCTURE
Watch: Matt Leighninger's keynote address from the Second Annual Dialogue and Deliberation Convening on YouTube…  more »
WHITE HOUSE BACKS PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING
The White House recently announced major plans to promote participatory budgeting as part of its new Open Government National Action Plan…  more »
DO WE NEED A 'VOTER REGISTRATION RENAISSANCE' IN ILLINOIS?
'We must do more to encourage participation for future voters,' says Cook County Clerk David Orr…  more »
'TEXT, TALK, ACT' BREAKS THE SILENCE ON MENTAL HEALTH
Mental health is a community issue that should be talked about, not ignored. Here's how to get in on the conversation…  more »
NELSON MANDELA'S INSPIRING LEGACY
In remembrance of Nelson Mandela, we countdown his 10 most inspiring quotes on action, human dignity, and social justice…  more »
GEEKING OUT WITH STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS
Today the country celebrates National Entrepreneurs' Day by recognizing some of the nation's youngest innovators …  more »
REMEMBERING JOHN F. KENNEDY THROUGH HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS
Today we honor the legacy of John F. Kennedy by remembering his call to civic action…  more »
MEMORIALIZING THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
Filmmaker Ken Burns is commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by encouraging Americans to memorize and internalize the speech…  more »
LEADERS TALK, EXPLORE SOLUTIONS AT WASHINGTON IDEAS FORUM
The Washington Ideas Forum wrapped up its annual two-day symposium this afternoon, after a series of stimulating, in-depth conversations…  more »
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CPS mulls privatizing 3 more schools(via Chicago Breaking News)

Critics question success of 'turnarounds' by Academy for Urban School Leadership, which school board president formerly chairedIn the face of…more »  (0 Comments)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria in college admissions, a key decision in an unfolding legal…more »  (0 Comments)

Living around Wrigley Field has always felt magical to diehard Chicago Cubs fan Deb Gordils, who was born and raised in Wrigleyville, just blocks…more »  (0 Comments)

2014: What's at stake(via CNN.com - Politics)

Their approval rating is horrendous. They rarely get along or get anything done. So here's your chance to do something about it.  (0 Comments)

The political reality of Obamacare(via CNN.com - Politics)

Now that eight million people have enrolled in Obamacare, will Democrats run on the law in the midterm elections?  (0 Comments)

Young children passing the playlot Monday peered at the maze of monkey bars, climbers and tunnels with wide eyes, but their loved ones made sure…more »  (0 Comments)

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