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Bill calling for elected Chicago school board clears state House Bill calling for elected Chicago school board clears state House

Bill calling for elected Chicago school board clears state House

Voters in the nation’s third largest school district would, for the first time, be allowed to elect their own citywide school board under a bill that cleared the House on an overwhelming vote Thursday. “Dozens of parent and neighborhood groups have been formed to improve educational opportunities for the school children of Chicago,” said Rep. Robert Martwick, a Chicago Democrat and chief sponsor of the bill. “They’ve been regularly dismissed and disrespected by the appointed board. And these groups have demanded elected accountability. They’ve...
Lawmakers aren’t the only ones who can draw districts, California shows Lawmakers aren’t the only ones who can draw districts, California shows

Lawmakers aren’t the only ones who can draw districts, California shows

A coalition of interest groups want citizens, rather than lawmakers, to decide the boundaries of their own political districts. CHANGE Illinois — the Coalition for Honest and New Government Ethics — is pushing for an “independent, transparent” process that would draw Illinois’ political maps in a way that ensures “communities are fully and fairly...
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