The Tilden Blue Devils handily won their late March game against DuSable. Coach Alberto Simental wants his players to have a good experience because baseball was important to him growing up.

Beyond basketball, a tough road for sports

CPS is known for a handful of powerhouse basketball teams. But most high schools, especially those in poor communities, offer few opportunities for teens to get involved in sports. To do so, schools must raise their own money for athletics.

Coonley Elementary School hosted a fundraiser at the DANK Haus in Lincoln Square  in April. The bidding for auction items started anywhere between $100 and $1,000 for items such as getaways for two in Acapulco Bay or a fitness trainer for a year.

The price of fundraising

For a select but growing group of schools in wealthier communities, parent fundraising has risen to new heights. In just a decade, the number of parent groups that raise more than $50,000 a year doubled to 41; 30 schools brought in more than $100,000 and eight raised more than $200,000. Altogether, these 41 schools raised roughly $7.6 million in one year.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

City Colleges scholarship has benefits, drawbacks

Since City Colleges began taking applications for a plan widely advertised as “free college” by a campaigning Mayor Rahm Emanuel, more than 1,000 students have applied for the offer of waived tuition, books and school fees. But research shows that City Colleges are not the best post-secondary choice for high-achieving students who will benefit from the Star Scholarship.

Breyana Floyd

Easing barriers to college completion

High schools are now rated on the college enrollment and persistence of their graduates. To solve the money problems, academic difficulties and social challenges that many students face, CPS is partnering with local colleges and universities.

Black Chicago under Rahm

Black Chicago by the numbers

When Rahm Emanuel ran for mayor four years ago, African-American voters pulled him across the finish line without a run-off. He won about six out of every 10 votes cast in predominantly black wards—largely on the say-so of his former boss, President Barack Obama. But as the February mayoral election nears, Emanuel’s approval ratings among the voters who carried him to City Hall have tumbled, according to a Chicago Tribune poll.