AM News: Conflicts Of Interest At City Colleges

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Board chair's clients, law firm get business from City Colleges Catalyst:  Since being named chairman of the City Colleges board in March, Gery Chico has abstained from seven votes--all involving his law firm or clients doing business with the community college system, according to a review by the Better Government Association in partnership with Catalyst Chicago. ...Taft cheers as nonvarsity sports make a comeback Pioneer Press:  Nonvarsity sports are the closest thing the public schools have to a feeder program, Nishibayashi said, noting that Catholic schools have such programs, including elementary-school- level summer camps in some cases... Chicago cops get thank you cards from students Defender:  Students from Shoesmith Elementary School's summer camp presented thank you cards to Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) at her office for the Chicago Police Department and the University of Chicago Police for keeping their Hyde Park-Kenwood community safe... Ill. sales tax holiday over; outcome unclear Defender:  Illinois' first-ever sales tax holiday is in the books, but it may be weeks before there's any calculation of how much consumers saved at the expense of state coffers... Metra adds train stops for New Trier High School faculty and students Tribune:  New Trier High School and the village of Wilmette persuaded Metra to add additional train stops during an eight-year construction project set to begin this month... School Dist. Buys 280 $98 Calculators Fox news:  Valley View School District is buying 280 graphing calculators for $98 each with stimulus money. The board is using more than $27,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money to purchase graphing calculators for Romeoville and Bolingbrook high schools...

UIC to Partner in Math Literacy Project Fox News:  UIC's Learning Sciences Research Institute will serve as a research and development partner in a $10 million math literacy project funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


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  • Chicago cops get thank you cards from students. I thought the sentiment expressed by these students was adorable and I know a lot of cops and appreciate the tough job that they do, but I can't help but wonder what kind of card the cops would get from residents of Englewood..."Dear Officer Friendly, they're shooting on my block (again!) and my mom says I can't go play outside even though it's 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Wish you were here.

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