Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Monday, Aug 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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By Lisa Balde

CTA Extends Students' Discounted Rates

CTA Extends Students' Discounted Rates

To accommodate Chicago Public Schools' longer day, the CTA has agreed to extend students' discounted public transportation rates during the school year. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM
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By Edward McClelland

How the Mayor Studies Studies

How the Mayor Studies Studies

On speed cameras and a longer school day, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has cited studies to back up his proposals. But studies of those studies show the mayor is misinterpreting data to promote his agenda. Read »

Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CTU Makes First Proposals in Contract Negotiations

CTU Makes First Proposals in Contract Negotiations

Union concedes a longer school day is inevitable next year for all Chicago schools, but said teachers should get a raise to compensate them for the extra time. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Kirk Joins Longer School Day Talks

Republican senator meets with mayor's new schools CEO to discuss implementation, value of longer school day. Read »

Thursday, Sep 8, 2011 at 12:30 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Council Adds Pressure to CTU for Longer Day

Nearly every alderman stood up in support of the longer day, offering much praise for the idea. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern , BJ Lutz

Three Schools Agree to Longer Days

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is getting his wish -- partially -- regarding longer school days for Chicago Public Schools, and how it happened has some in the Chicago Teachers Union crying foul. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .