Reading was always painful for Javion Grayer, 16. But now, he's working hard to change that — with help at home and in school. The stakes are high. Adeshina Emmanuel / Chalkbeat

How It Feels To Be Javion: 16 And Struggling To Read In Chicago Public Schools

How Javion became a high school student reading at the second-grade level is impossible to say for sure. But multiple forces play a role.

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Buoyed By L.A. Strike, Chicago Teachers Union Delivers 75-Item List Of Demands To The City

The Chicago’s teachers union delivered a 75-item list of contract demands to the city. The current contract expires at the end of June, after Emanuel’s successor takes office;

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Developer Behind Controversial Little Village Warehouse Buys Fisk Generating Station In Pilsen, Alderman Says

The move comes after Hilco received approval to build a massive — and controversial — distribution center at the Crawford Coal Plant site in Little Village.

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Bottled Blonde Could Be Forced To Close After Citation For Overcrowding, Judge Says

A fire inspector cited the River North spot for overcrowding on New Year's Eve, but the restaurant's attorneys say it wasn't overcrowded.