Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Concept Schools' Expansion Plans Highlight Double Standards for Charters

Concept Schools' Expansion Plans Highlight Double Standards for Charters

Back in the old days, it used to be that an FBI raid on a private company meant something. Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Charter Advocates Want It Both Ways On Empty Schools

Opinion: Charter Advocates Want It Both Ways On Empty Schools

A debate is raging on the West Side of Chicago over whether a recently shuttered Chicago Public School should be used by a private charter school operator who wants to repurpose the building for its own... Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 11:38 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

CPS Acknowledges Higher Expulsion Rates for Charters

CPS Acknowledges Higher Expulsion Rates for Charters

For years, some parents and education advocates have argued that charter schools in Chicago enjoyed an unfair advantage by routinely expelled troubled or poor-performing students at a much higher rate than... Read »

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Board Approves 7 New Charter Schools

The Chicago Board of Education approved proposals for seven proposals for new charter schools Wednesday amid protests from the Chicago Teachers Union and supporters of public schools. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Emanuel Talks Tourism While Protesters Freeze

Opinion: Emanuel Talks Tourism While Protesters Freeze

For Mayor Rahm Emanuel, there’s no better time to talk tourism in Chicago than in January. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 6:53 AM
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By BJ Lutz

CTU Leads Overnight Protest Against Charter Schools

CTU Leads Overnight Protest Against Charter Schools

The Chicago Teachers Union led the overnight vigil to protest charter school expansion ahead of a school board vote on 17 charter school proposals. Read »

Thursday, Dec 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Halt Broken Charter School Expansion Process

Opinion: Halt Broken Charter School Expansion Process

The stories behind UNO and Concept demonstrate the need to take a hard look at how charters to open schools are won and lost in this state. Read »

Friday, Apr 26, 2013 at 6:46 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn Halts State Funding for UNO Charter

The state contends the United Neighborhood Organization violated the terms of a $98 million grant in choosing companies for Chicago construction projects. The companies it chose are owned by brothers of one... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

CPS Proposes 6 New Schools — 5 Charter & 1 Contract

CPS Proposes 6 New Schools — 5 Charter & 1 Contract

A public hearing to help decide what schools will close next year drew 100 parents, teachers and community members angry not only about the closings but about CPS’ decision Friday to hike the number of new... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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By Allison Preston

Quinn Breaks Ground on School Expansion

Erie Elementary Charter School in Humboldt Park will expand, receiving new facilities for low-income students. 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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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