Chicago officials convened groups to revisit two controversial issues in education, school budgeting and school ratings, before coronavirus disrupted plans. Here Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks to reporters in March about the abrupt decision to close schools in response to the pandemic.Cassie Walker Burke/Chalkbeat Chicago

Chicago Says It Will Reform School Budgeting. Can Efforts Survive A Pandemic?

In a moment of historical financial uncertainty, how reform will get done — and what cuts it could mean in other places — only underscores how difficult it is to revisit school funding in a city that has faced chronic school budget deficits.

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Who Will Win? $10 Million ‘Chicago Prize’ To Be Awarded To A Community-Led Project Thursday

Six South and West Side neighborhood coalitions are vying for the prize, which will fund one group's plans to create housing, jobs programs, health centers and more critical resources for underserved communities.

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Logan Square Target Finally Opening This Month

The store's soft opening is Aug. 12 and grand opening is Aug. 16, according to a company spokeswoman.

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Lakefront Restaurants Get OK To Reopen — But Beaches Still Closed

At least five beachfront restaurants will open this weekend for the first time this summer.