AM News: Meeks Out Of Mayoral Race


Madigan Won't Endorse Candidate for Mayor Clout:  Madigan has stayed out of the once-in-a-generation race for the open mayor's job and is unlikely to endorse any of the candidates to succeed Daley, Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said Sunday... Moseley Braun talks education before tonight's CTU forum:  A man donated his kidney to a woman he barely knew. A stranger opened his home to a stranded traveler. A hospice patient found solace in cooking. A family made a heart-wrenching decision to let a troubled daughter go...  Students build a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. Tribune:  Students at Gage Park High School who had been unaware of their community's part in the civil rights movement -- that Martin Luther King Jr. led marches through the then-all-white neighborhoods surrounding Gage Park and Marquette Park -- wanted to build a tribute to the civil rights leader, hoping to enlighten others... Renaissance fund seeks to raise $40 million for new schools Sun Times:  The Renaissance Schools Fund hopes to raise at least $40 million for the next crop of new schools over the next five years, fund President Phyllis Lockett said... 

Traxster Helps CPS Students Record Song Fox:  The record producer known as the Legendary Traxster is used to working with marquee names in the music business, including stars like Mariah Carey and Ludacris. For his latest project, though, the Chicago native is collaborating with some slightly smaller artists... Local teacher pens handbook for kids of gay parents WBEZ:  Chicago teacher Tina Kakhrid-Deen, child of a lesbian mother, wanted other kids to have the resources for dealing with potential bullying and questioning about life as the child of a gay parent...Economist's Plan to Improve Schools Begins Before Kindergarten CNC:  Better teaching, higher standards, smaller classrooms and more Internet access "have less impact than we think," as Heckman put it at the Spertus Institute... School-based health centers cropping up in more Chicago schools Tribune: The number of school-based health centers is on the rise nationwide, with nine opening in Illinois during the 2009-10 academic year. Illinois has about 60 such centers, half of which are in Chicago, according to the Illinois Coalition for School Health Centers, an advocacy group that is part the Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition... 

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