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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 »

Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Commission Recommends No High School Closures

Commission Recommends No High School Closures

Opinions of the Commission on School Utilization come after nearly a dozen public meetings in which the panel heard from parents, teachers, students, administrators and community activists. Read »

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Signs Bill to Delay School Closures

Quinn Signs Bill to Delay School Closures

Chicago Public Schools now have until March 31 to put compile a list of school closures. Read »

Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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By Lisa Balde

CPS Offers Another Incentive To Keep Parents Involved

CPS Offers Another Incentive To Keep Parents Involved

Chicago Public Schools wants to keep parents involved with their kids. After offering Walgreens gift cards to inspire parents to pick up their child's report cards last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and schools... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Brizard Leaves With Glowing Recommendation

Brizard Leaves With Glowing Recommendation

Former CPS CEO to receive 2013 salary, a year of health benefits. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM
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By Lisa Balde

New Schools Chief Describes 'Clear Vision'

Chicago Public Schools' fourth chief in less than two years says "everything is on the table" in her plan for the district, from deficit solutions to the consideration of school closures. Read »

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 »

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

Rahm Appoints Byrd-Bennett as New CPS CEO

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed the fourth Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools in less than two years Friday, following the resignation of Jean-Claude Brizard. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 9:07 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CPS Teachers Who Lost Jobs File Discrimination Suit

CPS Teachers Who Lost Jobs File Discrimination Suit

Several African American teachers who lost their jobs under a "turnaround" program have filed suit against the Board of Education alleging the actions discriminated against African American teachesr and staff. 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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