The court case over Illinois' attempt to reduce public employee pensions will continue on an expedited basis.
Lawyers who say the law is unconstitutional asked on Tuesday that it be slowed by a month. On Thursday, justices on the state's high court said no.
They also said they will not consider briefs in favor of the law submitted by groups ranging from the City of Chicago to a conservative think tank -- leaving it to the Attorney General to argue for it.
The schedule requires all briefs on the pension case be submitted by late February.
The Illinois Board of Education is asking for a $730 million increase in its budget next year.
The state superintendent of schools is well aware of the state's financial strain.
Christopher Koch has been in charge as the state has failed to come through with all the money it's supposed to give to meet local district's basic needs. But, Koch says, "education is the smartest investment we can make in the economic future of our state."
Rockford is taking on a challenge from the White House to address “opportunity gaps” faced by young black men. The “My Brother’s Keeper“ initiative kicks off this afternoon with a community forum.
Last year, President Obama challenged communities to develop stronger paths to success for all young people. Some of Rockford’s leader have signed up for the My Brother’s Keeper challenge, focusing on education and violence prevention.
When the Illinois State Board of Education met this week in Springfield, a new chairman was running the agenda.
One of the first appointments made by new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner was James Meeks -- a former Democratic state senator from Chicago and long-time pastor of the city’s Salem Baptist Church. Meeks had led the Senate Education Committee and sponsored legislation to try to change how the state funds schools.