Republican Lawmakers Pitch State Takeover of Chicago Public Schools as a ‘Lifeline’

From The Chicago Tribune — Republican legislative leaders on Wednesday proposed a state takeover of Chicago Public Schools and permitting the troubled district to declare bankruptcy to get its finances in order, billing the controversial ideas as a “lifeline” and not “a state bailout.”

“We didn’t come to this lightly, but the track record of Chicago and its public school system is abysmal,” said Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno of Lemont.

House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs said “the goal here is to provide the tools to right the ship.”

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