Ward Room
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Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 3:50 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CTU Mad Over Rahm's Charter School Video

CTU Mad Over Rahm's Charter School Video

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Teacher's Union may never get along. Read »

Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 at 9:18 PM
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By Edward McClelland

What the Mayor Wants, the Mayor Gets

What the Mayor Wants, the Mayor Gets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel overrides aldermanic privilege to place a charter school on the northwest side. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 at 8:52 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Charter School Scores Lag Behind Average

Charter School Scores Lag Behind Average

Turns out the alternative education system Mayor Rahm Emanuel pointed to as a model for Chicago Public Schools has problems of its own. State achievement test data released Wednesday for the 2010-2011 school... Read »

Thursday, Oct 27, 2011 at 8:24 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Emanuel to Reward Charters for Longer Day

It will cost $5 million, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago Public Schools will find a way for charter schools to extend the school day in January. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
Mary Ann Ahern WMAQ's Political Reporter since 2006, not afraid of a challenge. Read full bio .