* More than half of Illinois schools now “failing” under No Child Left Behind
This year, Illinois schools had to get all 77.5 percent of students—and subgroups of students, such as low-income or Latino students—to meet state standards. The Obama Administration wants to re-write the law so that schools would be measured on growth.
* Ill. schools fall further behind federal standards
* Report: Illinois Schools Falling Short
* Schools fail to push students on state tests
* School officials look for alternatives to No Child Left Behind as most Illinois schools fail
* Unemployment in Illinois metro areas fell in September
The metro areas with the largest declines in unemployment include Peoria, Decatur and Metro East.
* Jobless rate in Peoria continues to improve
The unemployment rate in the five-county Peoria metropolitan statistical area was 9.4 percent in September, down from 11.3 percent in September 2009 and from the 10 percent figure recorded in August 2010, the state reported.
* Chicago’s jobless rate fell in September
The jobless rate was 9.4 percent for the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area, compared to 10.4 percent a year ago, the agency reported Thursday.
* Chicago foreclosure activity up 35% in third quarter
* Fitch downgrades Chicago bonds
The New York-based firm on Thursday lowered its rating on $7 billion in outstanding general-obligation city debt to AA- from AA, particularly citing the city’s increasing reliance on one-time revenues to fix its budget. […]
Fitch applauded layoffs and other payroll trims implemented by outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley, but added, “The ability to make further expenditure cuts to personnel is extremely limited” due to union contracts.
* Minimum age for Chicago cops raised to 25, exam set for Dec. 11
* Register-Mail: Yes to sales tax; hold school boards accountable
* Davlin owes IRS $90,000; liens placed on mayor’s home