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US Education Secretary to Visit Chicago

US Education Secretary to Visit Chicago

Arne Duncan will visit Benito Juarez Community Academy and take part in a round-table discussion with staff from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 2:53 PM
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By Michael Kaplan

CTU's Lewis Defiant in Duncan Apology

The union boss said her odd speech was borne of frustration with the system. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Karen Lewis and Arne Duncan Will Never Get Along

The Chicago Teachers Union president wasn't making fun of the Education Secretary's lisp, she was making fun of his poncy Lab School education. Read »

Monday, Nov 14, 2011 at 4:33 PM
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By Andrew Greiner

CTU's Lewis Mocks Arne Duncan's Lisp

Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis didn't hold anything back during an Oct. 1 speech at an American Federation of Teacher's event in October. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Duncan Backs Longer Chicago School Days

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he supports a 90-minute longer day and said leadership is coming together to make positive change for students. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Former Schools CEO Duncan to Visit Chicago

Former Schools CEO Duncan to Visit Chicago
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Maybe Secretary of Education Arne Duncan can be the peacemaker between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Pat Quinn, who are at odds over casino legislation. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011 at 4:12 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Duncan Says He's Discussed CPS Chief with Emanuel

Duncan Says He's Discussed CPS Chief with Emanuel

Former CPS chief declined to say if he's named names, but said he's listed characteristics one should possess to lead nation's third-largest school district. Read »

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 1:43 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

White House Sending Campaign Help for Giannoulias

White House Sending Campaign Help for Giannoulias
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Arne Duncan and White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina to stump. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010 at 5:05 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Duncan's (and Daley's) Donuts

Duncan's (and Daley's) Donuts

Des Plaines! Des Plaines! That's where we're moving if our kid doesn't get into a magnet school. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

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.

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?

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