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The Latest Chicago Public Schools Skirmish: Elected School Board

Chicago is unusual among school districts nationwide for its appointed school board, but less so among urban districts, where school board elections can be expensive and politicized. After an experiment with a hybrid model led to full mayoral control in 1995, there’s increased interest, including from some aldermen, in trying again.

Words and Pictures

Serious collectors know all about the Fine Books and Manuscripts auctions Leslie Hindman holds from time to time, and they’re sure to be all over the Hemingway and Fitzgerald first editions at the next one, Wednesday, August 8 (preview Sunday through Tuesday) …

Rodkin on Appraisal Disputes

Readers ask questions, and our real estate expert answers. This week, a reader named Penny from Florida asks if her appraiser, who valued her home lower than expected, is right about a garage-adjacent room not being an actual bedroom.

Can Pat Quinn Ban Assault Weapons in Illinois?

Illinois has long been a key battleground in the debate over the Second Amendment, from the banning of labor militias in the 1870s, to the tommy guns that curtailed Americans’ rights to certain types of guns, to Morton Grove’s handgun ban, the first in the nation. And that past history, stretching back to the Civil War, determines what the state can and can’t do.

Homey Economics

Granted, we’re suckers for vintage china and cloth napkins, generally, so it’s no surprise that one of our favorite new places to eat is Antique Taco in Wicker Park …