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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel Defends Self: 'My Job Is to Do My Job'

Rahm Emanuel Defends Self: 'My Job Is to Do My Job'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he'll continue to make the difficult (and unpopular) choices needed to improve Chicago, declaring: "I didn't say change would be easy." Read »

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

CPS Lays Off 200 Lunchroom Employees

CPS Lays Off 200 Lunchroom Employees

Chicago Public Schools announced Friday that 200 cafeteria workers will receive layoff notices, bringing the total CPS employee cuts to more than 3,000. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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By Michael Tarm

Expert: Chicago School Closings Will Endanger Kids

Expert: Chicago School Closings Will Endanger Kids

Chicago children displaced by public school closings may be forced to step into the line of fire between warring street gangs as they walk to their new schools each day, a gang expert told a U.S. judge who will... Read »

Monday, Jun 24, 2013 at 8:17 AM
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By Lauren Petty

19 More Chicago Schools Closing For Good

19 More Chicago Schools Closing For Good

Thousands of Chicago students will say a final farewell Monday at 19 public schools. The second wave of schools slated to be shuttered will close as part of a plan approved last month by the city's Board of... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 9:22 PM
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By Michelle Relerford & Lisa Balde

First Wave of Schools Close for Good

Today marks the last day of class for many Chicago Public Schools students, but for those at more than two dozen Track E schools, it's the last day there for good. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 5:36 PM
Rahm, Byrd-Bennett Discuss CPS Closings

Rahm, Byrd-Bennett Discuss CPS Closings

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett sit down with Mary Ann Ahern and discuss Wednesday's school closings and CPS plans to incorporate students into their new receiving schools. Watch »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Cook County president tells Sun-Times that too many schools are marked for closure. Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7:45 PM
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By Lisa Balde

CTU Files Lawsuits to Stop School Closings

The Chicago Teachers Union plans to file two federal lawsuits Wednesday to stop the city's school district from closing 53 elementary schools. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM
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By Marcus Riley

School Closings Adversaries Press On

School Closings Adversaries Press On

CPS superintendent visiting schools, CTU plans rally. Read »

Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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By Edward McClelland & Christian Farr

Chicago Students Protest School Closings

The Chicago Teachers Union, which has become Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s number one nemesis, is planning a rally against his Board of Education’s decision to close 54 schools -- and against plans to close any more, or... Read »

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Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .