Illinois' public universities are in a financial crunch, while primary and secondary schools in Chicago, too, face challenges of their own. On this edition of Illinois Rising, Dan Proft and Pat Hughes breakdown Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new, misguided "fix" to Chicago Public Schools' failures with The Federalist's Bethany Mandel. They also analyze the broken finances of the state's public universities with Ted Dabrowski, vice president of policy at the Illinois Policy Institute.
And what did Democrats in Springfield spend their time on before heading out on a two-week spring break? Their legislative priorities are startling, and underscore how unserious many lawmakers are about improving the state.