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Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

CPS Plugs $876 Million Budget Deficit With Controversial 'One-Time' Fix

CPS Plugs $876 Million Budget Deficit With Controversial 'One-Time' Fix

Some old habits die hard. When Chicago Public Schools unveiled its $5.8 million proposed budget for 2015 on Wednesday, the cash-strapped district revealed more of the same: It would plug a huge hole in the... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 3:03 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rahm’s Super Pac Donors Are All Birds of a Feather

Opinion: Rahm’s Super Pac Donors Are All Birds of a Feather

In politics, it’s good to have money. But it’s even better to have friends who have money—and lots of it. Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 7:32 AM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski
 

CPS Students Rally for Summer Safety

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the just-completed school year was the safest on record since the district began tracking student safety data in 2007. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 6:41 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

McCarthy: City Death Toll at Lowest Rate Since 1963

Chicago police say the city had fewer homicides during the first six months of 2014 but dozens more shooting incidents and victims than during the same period in 2013. Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Sen. Dillard to Resign in July

Illinois Sen. Dillard to Resign in July

The Hinsdale Republican is set to become chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority. Read »

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 4:00 PM
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By Associated Press

Preckwinkle Still Won't Rule Mayoral Run

Preckwinkle Still Won't Rule Mayoral Run

Preckwinkle spoke Thursday at the City Club of Chicago. In a news conference with reporters afterward, she was asked repeatedly whether she's ruled out a mayoral bid. Read »

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 3:02 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CPS Announces More Than 1,000 Layoffs

CPS Announces More Than 1,000 Layoffs

Chicago Public Schools is laying off more than 1,000 people, the district announced Thursday. Read »

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Pride Parade: Which Politicians Will Appear, Which Won't?

Pride Parade: Which Politicians Will Appear, Which Won't?

What politician wouldn't want to appear before a crowd of nearly one million people? There may be a few. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 1:53 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

City Council Allows Gun Shops, With Restrictions

Chicago aldermen on Wednesday unanimously passed what Mayor Rahm Emanuel said is a "tough, smart and enforceable" ordinance that allows gun shops within city limits but regulates where they can exist and... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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By Associated Press

City Council Honors Slain Teacher Betty Howard

City Council Honors Slain Teacher Betty Howard

Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the teacher's father and other family members that she lived "a life worth living" and thanked them for sharing her with the city. They mayor gave her relatives a copy of a city... Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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