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  • Consumers Credit Union seeks applicants for scholarships Aug 26, 2014 12:17 PM
    Consumers Cooperative Association, sponsor for Consumers Credit Union, announced the opportunity for six high school seniors to earn $1,500 scholarships.

     
  • New year brings new leaders in Dist. 204 Aug 26, 2014 12:24 PM
    A new school year started Tuesday for students, educators and administrators in Indian Prairie Unit District 204, many of whom, such as new Superintendent Karen Sullivan, found themselves in new roles. “My goal for the district this year is to really get out in the community and introduce myself and to really listen to what the community has to say,” Sullivan said.

     
  • Suburban schools moving finals to before holiday break Aug 26, 2014 5:00 AM
    Instead of making study guides and cramming for finals, Lily Moradi will spend winter break this year relaxing and enjoying time with her friends and family. Moradi, a senior at Barrington High School, is just one of thousands of students in the suburbs benefiting from a growing trend of school districts changing their schedules to place first-semester exams before, rather than after, winter break. “Now kids can finally have a stress-free vacation,” she said.

     
  • Kaneland picks ex-Palos Hills chief as interim superintendent Aug 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Kaneland school board turned to a retired Palos Hills District 117 superintendent, Ken Orrick, to fill in as interim chief, and to lead it in a search for a new superintendent. “Not having somebody experienced to make those decisions at that time may impact the district,” board member Tony Valente said.

     
  • Quinn signs law allowing study of industrial hemp Aug 26, 2014 6:36 PM
    Universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture now can study industrial hemp, which is in the same species as marijuana but has a negligible amount of marijuana’s active ingredient. Hemp can be used in the production of plastics, fuel, textiles and food.

     
  • Dist. 128 board adopts $84.5 million budget after residents complain Aug 27, 2014 9:16 AM
    After spending weeks whittling down planned expenses, the Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 board has approved an $84.5 million annual budget. The budget cuts totaled about $1.5 million and were made in a variety of categories, including supplies, staffing and maintenance.

     
  • Hultgren hears about Common Core pitfalls during roundtable Aug 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren still has concerns about Common Core standards coming to Illinois. But having accepted Illinois' embrace of Common Core, he hosted a discussion Monday night about how to avoid major problems with the implementation.

     
  • Jen School students expand from growing vegetables to selling them Aug 25, 2014 12:39 PM
    Students returned l to the Jen School on the campus of Maryville Academy in Des Plaines to find their vegetable garden bursting with fresh produce. In fact, the garden is turning out so much the school is opening a farmers market. “The garden truly is an extension of the school,” Anne Craig says. “It’s not just the planting, cultivating and harvesting that offers so many lessons; it’s the social, emotional and therapeutic aspects that makes it so successful.”

     
  • College of Lake County uses free food to welcome students back to campus for new school year Aug 25, 2014 5:56 PM
    College of Lake County students crowded the Grayslake campus’ main lobby patio to grab free submarine sandwiches, pizza, and soda pop on the first day of classes. It was part of Welcome Week presented by the Student Life activities group.

     
  • Warren college info night: Aug 25, 2014 5:54 PM
    All Warren Township High School senior students and their families are encouraged to attend the annual College Application Kick-Off presentation on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the O’Plaine Auditorium.

     
  • District 95 puts new excessive heat plan to use on the first day of classes Aug 25, 2014 5:48 PM
    It didn't take long for Lake Zurich Unit District 95 officials to tap into a new heat policy designed for school buildings without central air conditioning. “Yes, how ironic that we had to institute the extreme heat procedures on the first day after a relatively cool summer,” District 95 spokeswoman Jean Malek said.

     
  • Back to class: 10 money-saving tips on textbooks from the college store Aug 24, 2014 7:00 AM
    With the cost of a year’s worth of required course materials averaging $638, college students constantly seek ways to save money when it comes to textbooks. But they may risk not getting the materials they need to succeed in time for the start of classes by purchasing online or forgoing books for the semester altogether.

     
  • Prospect High excited about pool plans Aug 23, 2014 7:38 AM
    Prospect High School students could be diving into a pool of their own within a few years, under a proposed capital projects plan for Northwest Suburban High School District 214.

     
  • Deals only a click away for back-to-school season Aug 23, 2014 7:41 AM
    It’s mid-August, and parents are scrambling to outfit their kids with backpacks, gadgets and jeans as the clock winds down toward the first day of school. But don’t fret. This season, stores are offering new services and apps to cater to time-starved, smartphone-savvy parents to help them save time and money during the annual shopping ritual.

     
  • College of DuPage votes to cut tuition next spring Aug 22, 2014 3:19 PM
    College of DuPage trustees have voted to cut tuition by $4 per credit hour beginning with the spring 2015 semester — just months after approving a $4 increase that’s taking effect this fall. The tuition cuts will apply to both in-district and out-of-district students. Starting next spring, tuition for in-district students will drop from $144 per credit hour back to the $140 they were paying before the board approved the increase.

     
  • Archdiocese cautions schools on ice bucket challenge Aug 22, 2014 5:43 PM
    The Archdiocese of Chicago is telling principals of its schools that if they take part in the ice bucket challenge to raise funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease to ask the ALS Association to direct the money to nonembryonic cell research.

     
  • College of DuPage board: Trustee embarrassed members Aug 22, 2014 5:29 AM
    The College of DuPage board voted Thursday to censure Vice Chairman Kathy Hamilton for “inappropriate conduct.” The resolution censuring Hamilton says she publicly embarrassed board members and college administrators and that she voices her disagreements “by making erroneous statements reflecting negatively against her fellow board members and the administration in an inflammatory, insulting, discourteous and defamatory manner.”

     
  • New pool, turf field among ideas for Dist. 214 surplus Aug 22, 2014 5:30 AM
    A new swimming pool, an artificial turf football field, a music wing and new security measures are just some of the projects Northwest Suburban High School District 214 may be spending $45 million of excess funds on over the next three years. The recommendations of the Capital Projects Feasibility Task Force were presented to the school board on Thursday night and included major facility upgrades to all of the district’s six high schools.

     
  • New iPads, playground greet Oak Grove students Aug 22, 2014 1:54 PM
    The first day of classes Friday at Oak Grove Elementary School was particularly exciting as students were greeted by a new playground and iPads.

     
  • Anti-bullying campaign gets big boost from senator, former Bear Aug 21, 2014 11:29 PM
    Former Chicago Bears lineman James "Big Cat" Williams joined U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Thursday in Libertyville to film a public service announcement for an anti-bullying campaign. The 6-foot, 8-inch Williams said he, too, was bullied as a youth. "I wasn't always this size," he said.

     
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