Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law

A 1917 report conducted on the Illinois pension system revealed bad news. After a pension-focused trip around the globe, with studies on such nations as Great Britain, New Zealand, and Austro-Hungary, it got to the crux of the matter:

Cindy Khatri has been with the museum five years, and served three as executive director; she’s leaving her position for motherhood.

Malwina Bardoni will step in as the new executive director. She received a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies and a Masters of Anthropology from Northern Illinois University. 

Khatri says she’s put a lot of effort into connecting the natural world with the DeKalb County community through different technologies, and hopes Bardoni can keep her mission flowing.

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An Illinois lawmaker is looking to legalize the possession of noise suppressors in Illinois in order to reduce the risk of hearing damage from firing a gun.

The State Journal-Register reports the bill proposed by Democratic Sen. William Haine of Alton is among dozens of firearm-related bills that have been introduced by Illinois lawmakers this year.

Haine says noise from firearms is a public health concern for hunters and those who shoot for sport.

Chicago Public Schools officials say they'll restore $15 million of once-frozen discretionary funds to some of the district's poorest schools.

The move increases the district's budget gap to $129 million.  

Officials had reduced principal's discretionary funds to cut costs. The money is used for school supplies, among other things.

A program designed to get more minority teachers into Illinois classrooms is turning directly to the public for support.