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Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Rahm Nicknames New CPS CEO

Rahm Nicknames New CPS CEO

Rahm Emanuel is no stranger to nicknames, some which are too vulgar to appear on our blog, but today he shared the wealth and gave a nickname to the newest member on his staff. Read »

Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM
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By Andrew Greiner
      

Rahm: Atta-Boy, Brizard

"you have a lot to be proud over the last 17 months with your accomplishments and you should hold your head up high for the record of not only issuing those reforms but starting to see the results that matter... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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By Lauren Petty & Lisa Balde
      

Religious Leaders Watching CTU Strike Vote

Chicago teachers began casting ballots early Wednesday to decide whether a strike could be in their futures. Teachers say the strike authorization vote is all about leverage as contract negotiations continue and... Read »

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 10:22 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Parents Camp at City Hall, Demand Meeting With Mayor

Parents Camp at City Hall, Demand Meeting With Mayor

Small group of parents, unhappy with the plan to close two underperforming schools and re-organize several others, say they've drafted their own proposal to improve the schools. Read »

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 2:52 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Report Details Fraud, Misconduct at CPS

Report Details Fraud, Misconduct at CPS

CPS says incidents, which happened before shakeup in leadership last year, are "serious and disappointing." Read »

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 6:15 AM
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By Jeff Goldblatt
      

CTU, Occupy Chicago Protest School Closures

Carrying signs and bullhorns, several hundred parents and teachers gathered outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on Tuesday night to rally against the proposed closures, consolidations, and phase outs of... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

CPS To "Turnaround" 10 Schools

CPS To

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says model will be unique to Chicago's success. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011 at 3:17 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

Teacher's Union Files Another Suit Against Rahm's Board of Ed

Teacher's Union Files Another Suit Against Rahm's Board of Ed

The Chicago Teachers Union has filed suit against the Chicago Board of Education, claiming the board is illegally interviewing teacher applicants about their feelings about collective bargaining. If the... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011 at 3:34 PM
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By Andrew Greiner
      

Rahm Sees Council Pushback on Tax Hike

Emanuel and Brizard must defend property tax hike as a schools fix. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 at 3:37 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Brizard Launches Back-to-School Campaign

Parents likely won't be able to escape message aimed at abating truancy. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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