Chicago Students Want a Democratic School System

Video and Story by Emily Gray Brosious | Originally published at Gapers Block | Aug. 26, 2014

In 1995, Richard M. Daley convinced the Illinois General Assembly to do away with elected school councils and place Chicago Public Schools directly under the mayor’s control.

Since then, CPS has operated under a model whereby the mayor directly appoints school board members and district CEOs — currently Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

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Mother: Slain father Kashif Tillis ‘had dreams of owning his own trucking company’

Homicide Watch Chicago

As a child, Kashif Tillis‘ love of western movies earned him the nickname “Chiefy,” his mother said. Tillis, 29, was fatally shot as he sat in his mother’s car in the 7200 block of South Morgan Street about 4 p.m. Aug. 5, authorities and family said. — Continue reading this story at Homicide Watch Chicago.