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Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 5:50 AM
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By BJ Lutz

CPS Wants Input on How to Use Vacant Buildings

CPS Wants Input on How to Use Vacant Buildings

A new website contains a list of and information about the properties that were vacated and allows a way for members of the public and community groups to submit their suggestions. 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 »

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

CPS Plans to Relocate HQ: Report

CPS Plans to Relocate HQ: Report

The action comes just months after officials in the nation's third-largest school district shuttered dozens of schools in what they said was a cost-cutting move due to under-utilization. Read »

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Report Card for Schools Shows Gap Between Wealthy and Poor

Report Card for Schools Shows Gap Between Wealthy and Poor

News that schools in Illinois' poorer communities fared worse follows an increasing divide across schools in higher and lower income areas. Read »

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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By Natalie Martinez, Christian Farr

CPS Passes Budget Amid Protests

CPS Passes Budget Amid Protests

Two similar school fights were happening in Chicago on Wednesday, one on the streets with protestors boycotting recent school closures and the other inside CPS headquarters where board members considered the... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

CPS Clueless About School AC Situation

CPS Clueless About School AC Situation

The power situation at Mollison prompted numerous Chicago reporters to ask Chicago Public Schools officials to tell the public which schools had air conditioning on premises. Nearly 24 hours later, the answer... Read »

Friday, Aug 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, BJ Lutz
      

CPS Awards $1.1M in Principal Bonuses

More than 130 Chicago Public Schools principals on Thursday learned they'd been selected to receive generous bonuses -- some as much as $20,000 -- as recognition for their work in boosting students' academic... Read »

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

CPS Lays Off 200 Lunchroom Employees

CPS Lays Off 200 Lunchroom Employees

Chicago Public Schools announced Friday that 200 cafeteria workers will receive layoff notices, bringing the total CPS employee cuts to more than 3,000. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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By Michael Tarm

Expert: Chicago School Closings Will Endanger Kids

Expert: Chicago School Closings Will Endanger Kids

Chicago children displaced by public school closings may be forced to step into the line of fire between warring street gangs as they walk to their new schools each day, a gang expert told a U.S. judge who will... Read »

Thursday, Jul 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Protesters Hold Holiday 'Block Party' Outside Emanuel's Home

This Fourth of July block party wasn't your typical red, white and blue celebration. 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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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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 .
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