Monica Eng
Jan 19, 2022 - News

Where Illinois ranks on traffic safety laws

Data: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

Illinois ranks near the middle of the country when it comes to passing life-saving traffic laws, according to a new scorecard from the Advocates for Auto and Highway Safety.

Why it matters: National roadway fatalities spiked in the first half of 2021 by nearly 20%, one of the biggest jumps the U.S. has seen in more than a decade, according to federal regulators.

Monica Eng
Jan 18, 2022 - News

Rejected Illinois vanity plate requests

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The Illinois Secretary of State's (ILSOS) office has rejected more than 6,000 applications for "offensive" words on vanity license plates over the past two years.

Justin Kaufmann
Jan 14, 2022 - News

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago

Martin Luther King Jr.
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King in Chicago, 1966. Photo: Bernard Kleina

We celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, commemorating a man with many ties to Chicago.

Chicago Teacher's Union narrowly approves safety plan

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Kids returned to school Wednesday morning in Chicago. GIF: Monica Eng/ Axios

The Chicago Teacher's Union membership voted Wednesday to accept the terms of the new safety agreement from Chicago Public Schools after classes were canceled for five straight school days.

Chicago Public Schools to resume in-person Wednesday

Chicago Public Schools logo
The sign outside CPS headquarters. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Chicago Teachers Union voted last night to "suspend the Union's remote work action" and return to school buildings Tuesday.

Why it matters: In-person classes for students will resume Wednesday after five days of class cancellations, though rank and file CTU members will still have to vote in favor of the deal. The Union House of Delegates voted 389-226 in favor.

Monica Eng
Jan 10, 2022 - News

Chicago Public Schools cancels fourth straight day of class

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson (middle) between Chicago Teachers Union leaders Jesse Sharkey and Stacy Davis Gates at a CTU press conference Saturday. Photo courtesy of a CTU livestream

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced at 7:41pm last night that it has canceled classes today again as the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and CPS try to hash out final points of contention.

Driving the news: CPS and CTU swapped counter proposals over the weekend but remain stuck on three main points.

Monica Eng
Jan 6, 2022 - News

Lakeview neighbors rally to try and save mature trees

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Lakeview tree advocate Ilya Soussa speaks to neighbors about saving local trees. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

A group of neighbors in West Lakeview is urging Mayor Lori Lightfood and the Department of Water Department (CDWM) to spare 29 mature trees set for destruction next week as part of water main work.

Justin Kaufmann
Jan 6, 2022 - News

Illinois fallout from Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Photo of capitol building.
Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol after breaching security fencing during the Jan. 6, 2021 riot. Photo: Graeme Sloan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Today marks the one year anniversary of the insurrection at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Over 700 people have been arrested since the assault on democracy that hasn't happened in the U.S. in centuries.


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