Closings upheld, budget cuts scrutinized, first day of school promoted, plus crime's down and more...
Judge rejects request to keep 10 schools open WBEZ: Judge Thomas Allen ruled Wednesday the state legislature never specified the hearing officers had binding authority over school closure decisions.
Judge denies motion to halt CPS school closings Chicago Tribune:
Hits to classroom exceed CPS estimatesChicago Tribune: A look at individual school budgets — most of which go to classroom spending, with a smaller amount allotted to operations — shows that the hit to neighborhood schools could be higher.
City deficit to hit nearly $1 billion soon without pension reform Tribune: Chicago is facing a $338.7 million budget gap in 2014 — 27 percent below long-term forecasts and $30 million less than the hole closed a year ago — but the bottom will drop out in 2015 without pension reform, a top mayoral aide said Wednesday. Budget Director Alex Holt said the deficit will rise to $994.7 million in 2015, when the city is required by state law to make a $600 million contribution to stabilize police and fire pension funds and start them on the road to 90 percent funding.