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Isabel’s morning briefing

Thursday, Jan 25, 2024 - Posted by Isabel Miller

* ICYMI: Chicago City Council mulls natural gas ban, skips vote on police arbitration. NBC Chicago

    - The council declined to take up a measure that would have called for a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas, angering protesters who were calling for such a measure in the chamber.
    -Lawmakers also deferred a measure that would allow Chicago police officers accused of misconduct to have their cases heard behind closed doors, rather than a public meeting of the Chicago Police Board.

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    * WBEZ | Illinois OKs plan to revamp how reading is taught: The report outlines seven parts of literacy instruction, including comprehension and writing, but highlights the need for teaching phonics — or understanding the relationship between letters and sounds. This comes as a large body of scientific research details how we learn to read — and that’s through explicitly sounding out words. For some districts, this would represent a shift away from a “balanced literacy,” a broad-swing approach intended to foster a love of reading that includes phonics but doesn’t prioritize it.

    * Tribune | Mayor Johnson calls on state to build migrant shelters outside Chicago: Speaking to reporters after presiding over the City Council meeting, the mayor did not directly answer questions about the fate of the next round of migrants whose 60-day deadline to vacate city-run shelters arrives Feb. 1, with harsh winter weather expected to remain. […] “What the state committed to doing back in November, that process has not moved as quickly as this (60-day) policy will hold,” Johnson said. “This policy was really attached to a larger operation that included … 2,200 beds. That’s what the state of Illinois committed to doing.”

    * Sun-Times | Advocates make emotional plea for passage of bill aimed at seizing guns from those accused in domestic violences cases: Families of those killed in domestic violence cases joined lawmakers Wednesday in making an emotional plea for the Illinois General Assembly to act on Karina’s Bill — aimed at removing guns from the hands of abusers — following failed attempts to push the bill through in the fall veto session.

Governor Pritzker will be at the Sweet Maple Café at 9:30 am with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen for a breakfast meeting.

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8 Comments
  1. - Suburban Mom - Thursday, Jan 25, 24 @ 8:32 am:

    It is so foggy this morning I felt like I was in Brigadoon, so LOL at Tony Sanders’ picture.


  2. - Suburban Mom - Thursday, Jan 25, 24 @ 8:40 am:

    The forest preserves really are night and day from where they were 15 years ago. They’re cleaner, better-maintained, more immersive; there’s more wildlife spotting, staff is more customer-oriented and there’s a heck of a lot more programming across all targets and axes.

    My husband is very involved in prairie restoration efforts, and I really cannot say enough about how far the system has come in not fighting against its volunteers but working closely with them in fruitful partnerships.


  3. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Thursday, Jan 25, 24 @ 9:50 am:

    =highlights the need for teaching phonics=

    Duh. It’s about time.
    Phonics is the key that unlocks the door.
    Background knowledge and vocabulary, also.


  4. - Steve - Thursday, Jan 25, 24 @ 10:18 am:

    Good for Illinois on promoting phonics based reading. You will see a big improvement in reading scores if they stay the course.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/31/opinion/mississippi-education-poverty.html


  5. - Huh? - Thursday, Jan 25, 24 @ 10:44 am:

    “teaching phonics”

    Why are we going back to such an archaic method to teaching reading? What are teachers going to do with the decades of research that said phonics wasn’t a very good teaching method. /s


  6. - Steve - Thursday, Jan 25, 24 @ 10:52 am:

    -What are teachers going to do with the decades of research that said phonics wasn’t a very good teaching method-

    The Look -Say reading method that the progressive educators promoted has not only lead to declining reading scores but dyslexia. Only backward people are happy with the reading scores in Chicago and Baltimore.

    https://www.thecity.nyc/2023/09/14/mayor-eric-adams-dyslexia-screening-nyc-schools-literacy-overhaul/


  7. - Blue Dog - Thursday, Jan 25, 24 @ 2:47 pm:

    I suspect Bost will win handily in St. Clair,Monroe,Randolph and Jackson. Not necessarily a fan of his, but anything is better than a coffee additive.


  8. - Dotnonymous x - Thursday, Jan 25, 24 @ 3:37 pm:

    So foggy last night…I expected to see a Werewolf.


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