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Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Public Schools OK Controversial $6.8 Billion Budget

Chicago Public Schools OK Controversial $6.8 Billion Budget

As expected, Chicago Public Schools pushed the button on its controversial $6.8 billion budget for 2015 amid criticism over slashing public school money, diverting more dollars into charters and falling back on... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as "Reckless"

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as

Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate, Paul Vallas, unleashed his inner Rahm Emanuel while slamming Bruce Rauner's newly released tax plan as "totally disingenuous if not totally dishonest." Read »

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 »

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 »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel: 'Thank God the Election Is Not Today'

Rahm Emanuel: 'Thank God the Election Is Not Today'

While City Hall bristles internally from Rahm Emanuel's snowball effect of bad press, Chicago's Mayor is projecting a toned-down self-awareness in public. Read »

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Advisor Apologizes for 'Inappropriate' Email to the Tribune

Emanuel Advisor Apologizes for 'Inappropriate' Email to the Tribune

The thing about emails is that they live forever -- and can come back to bite you in the rear. Such was the case Wednesday when John Kupper, a top advisor to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, fired off a message to Chicago... Read »

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Report: Chicago's Top Public Schools Admit More White Students

Report: Chicago's Top Public Schools Admit More White Students

Chicago's top-ranked public high schools have enrolled more white students in the years following a judge's 2009 decision to strike down a desegregation decree, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Read »

Friday, Apr 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Rahm Makes CNN Play by His "Chicagoland" Rules

Opinion: Rahm Makes CNN Play by His

When CNN set out to film the docu-series "Chicagoland," producers desperately pushed for access to Chicago's made-for-television celebrity mayor. The cable news network, struggling in the ratings, doubtless... Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel: CPS Students "On Track" to 82 Percent Graduate Rate

Emanuel: CPS Students

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that Chicago Public Schools are on the way to achieving a graduation rate of 82 percent, a 25 percent jump from 2007. Citing research from the University of Chicago... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a “cool new plan in the works” to install air conditioning in all Chicago Public Schools by 2019 -- that's right, five years from now. 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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