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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 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools

Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools

The rally was organized by Charter Parents United. Supporters demanded equal funding and an expansion of the number of charter schools in Chicago. 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 »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM
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By Christian Farr
      

CPS CEO 'Walks the Walk' for Safe Passage

District program aims to provide a safe route for students by stationing monitors in yellow vests who keep an eye out for problems Read »

Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 at 7:25 AM
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By Lauren Petty

CEO 'Won't Accept' Claims School Closings Are Racist

CEO 'Won't Accept' Claims School Closings Are Racist

The battle to save 54 Chicago public schools from closure is still very much underway, and union members and parents are bringing the fight to the school board's doorstep. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM
      

Massive Protest of School Closures Snakes Through Loop

Still in shock over a proposal to shutter 54 public schools, hundreds of teachers and their supporters gathered in Chicago's Loop on Wednesday in a massive protest, hours-long protest that included more than 100... Read »

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 4:37 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Rahm Says Closing Schools is Lesser of Two Evils

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is aware that his new plan will cause anguish and pain for many families and school employees, but he’s confident the plan will positively impact young students in the future, he said in a... Read »

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Commission Chief Defends Recommendation to Close Schools

Commission Chief Defends Recommendation to Close Schools

Frank Clark admits the changes will be difficult but is adamant they're absolutely necessary. Read »

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 8:33 PM
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By BJ Lutz & Michelle Relerford
      

CPS to Shutter 54 Schools in Closure Plan

District CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Thursday announced which schools would be targeted for closure. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM
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By BJ Lutz, Pam Oliver
      

Schools CEO: Delaying Closures Would be 'Criminal'

As the parents of special needs students rallied at Chicago Public Schools headquarters to protest potential school closures, schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was at a west side elementary school proclaiming... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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.

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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