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austinweeklynews.com — During a phone interview last week, Dr. Janice K. Jackson — the current interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools who is expected to be appointed to the position permanently later this month — shared her ambitions and goals for the district, among other thoughts. Jackson was chief education officer for CPS before assuming the top post. Below are excerpts from that talk. AWN: Do you feel some anxiety about coming into this position considering what's happened to your predecessors?
austinweeklynews.com — Dorothy Gaters — the winningest basketball coach in Illinois High School Association (IHSA) history — was allowed to share some of her abundant wisdom in a short promotional video Nike released last week in time for the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday.
austinweeklynews.com — On Jan. 9, the city started accepting applications for its popular shared cost sidewalk program. Property owners share the cost of sidewalk repair with the city. Thousands of Chicagoans have been a part of the program, whose cost per square foot charged to property owners is well below what a private contractor would charge. The approximate cost to a property owner in an average mid-block property will range from $600 to $1,500.