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Rauner email: Half of CPS teachers 'virtually illiterate'

Gov. Bruce Rauner once told some of Chicago's wealthiest and most influential civic leaders that half of Chicago Public Schools' teachers "are virtually illiterate" and half of the city's principals are "incompetent," according to emails Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration released Thursday under...

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  • Ways Clinton can convert all those die-hard Bernie fans

    Ways Clinton can convert all those die-hard Bernie fans

    On the heels of the Republican National Convention, it’s do-or-we-all-die time for the Democrats, who need to launch into full throttle and probably drink as much Full Throttle as Rudy Giuliani did before his address. In order to beat the Donald Trump/MikePence ticket, Hillary Clinton must secure...

  • On anal, role playing for beginners and valuing your own pleasure

    On anal, role playing for beginners and valuing your own pleasure

    Hello! I have a man I love very much. We're having a few issues, however. They are: Half the time he comes really fast and the other half it takes a while. He also says he's into roleplay, but hasn't elaborated on it. I've never done that and do get embarrassed easily but am willing to try anything...

  • There are many reasons to dislike Melania Trump, but her modeling isn't one of them

    There are many reasons to dislike Melania Trump, but her modeling isn't one of them

    By now we are all familiar with Melania Trump's little plagiarism problem at the Republican National Convention. She and her speechwriters unabashedly lifted lines from Michelle Obama's address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. But instead of criticizing the moral implications of literally...

  • Make the GOP convention the most memorable 4 days of your life

    Make the GOP convention the most memorable 4 days of your life

    Americans have been waiting four years for the Summer Olympics, a new Frank Ocean album and the election of our next president. We’re about to get one step closer to the latter as Republicans gather in Cleveland to select their party’s nominee. For those lucky enough to attend, here’s how to best...

  • What it's like to be black in Naperville, America

    What it's like to be black in Naperville, America

    Editor's note: Brian Crooks moved to Naperville when he was in the 5th grade; his parents still reside here. On Saturday, he wrote a Facebook post about his experiences being an African-American living in America that has since gone viral and has elicited hundreds of comments from people around...

  • On again, off again: Not meant to be?

    On again, off again: Not meant to be?

    So basically me and my gf broke up two times and now we are back together. We broke up because we did not have good communication between each other, and now we have established that. Some people say that couples who break up are not meant to be together. Do you think [that’s true]? —Question via...

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  • Florida police shoot autistic man's caretaker as he lies in street with hands up

    Florida police shoot autistic man's caretaker as he lies in street with hands up

    A black therapist who was trying to calm an autistic man in the middle of the street says he was shot by police even though he had his hands in the air and repeatedly told them that no one was armed. The moments before the shooting were recorded on cellphone video and show Charles Kinsey lying...

  • Trump speechwriter apologizes for plagiarism in Melania Trump's speech

    Trump speechwriter apologizes for plagiarism in Melania Trump's speech

    With Donald Trump's campaign reeling from charges of plagiarism, a speechwriter for his company took the blame and offered to resign over nearly identical passages from Melania Trump's Republican convention speech and Michelle Obama's remarks eight years ago. The speechwriter, however, made it...

  • Forget stickers, Chicago could be getting virtual guest parking passes

    Forget stickers, Chicago could be getting virtual guest parking passes

    Good news for couch potatoes living in the city’s permit parking zones! Rather than leave the comfort of your home to purchase parking permit stickers for when guests come to visit, you may be able to buy virtual guest passes online under a pilot plan that will be introduced to the City Council...

  • More than 2,200 people shot in Chicago this year, 21 of them kids 13 and under

    More than 2,200 people shot in Chicago this year, 21 of them kids 13 and under

    At least 14 people were shot in Chicago over 10 hours Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday, pushing the number of gun victims in the city this year to more than 2,200, including at least 21 children 13 and younger.Among those shot Tuesday was 6-year-old Tacarra Morgan, who was seriously wounded...

  • Chicago braces for intense heat wave not seen since 2013

    Chicago braces for intense heat wave not seen since 2013

    Scorching temperatures and muggy air will make the Chicago area feel like a giant sauna over the next several days, sending emergency responders into high alert while prompting pop-up community cooling stations, makeshift ice beds for zoo animals and postponement of popular outdoor events. "We...

  • Melania Trump speech similar to Michelle Obama's in 2008; campaign says 'no cribbing'

    Melania Trump speech similar to Michelle Obama's in 2008; campaign says 'no cribbing'

    One delegate said everyone fell in love with her. Another compared her to Jackie Kennedy.Melania Trump's star turn at the Republican National Convention Monday night captivated a GOP crowd that had rarely heard from her. But her speech also drew attention after the discovery that two passages matched...

  • Study: Drink up in the name of love and you'll stay together

    Study: Drink up in the name of love and you'll stay together

    There are many ways to keep a relationship thriving. Communication, respect, honesty, trust and, last but not least, alcohol. According to a new study, couples who imbibe together reported fewer instances of declining happiness and marriage quality over time. Time to celebrate these findings with...

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