Thursday AM News: Soap & Water, Spending, Higher Ed., Pensions

State may add soap, water to 3 R's Tribune
With all the crises that need to be addressed in Chicago's public schools, add this one to the list: germy little hands.

School board's spending criticized Tribune
A former Waukegan school board member this week questioned that expenditure and others incurred when board members attended conventions last year and asked whether they were following their own travel policies.

Ex-AT&T exec Hightman to chair Higher Ed. Board Sun Times
Carrie Hightman, who left her post as president of AT&T Illinois last October, has taken an unpaid position as chairwoman of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Chart new course for state pensions Sun Times
State of Illinois government is ''headed toward financial implosion.'' That's the opinion of a well-respected group of Illinois business leaders. Our state owes more than $100 billion, with neither the money in the bank nor any plans on how to pay this staggering bill.

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