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Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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By Erin Carlson

A Year After Closures, CPS Schools Remain Empty (and on the Market)

A Year After Closures, CPS Schools Remain Empty (and on the Market)

Now that CPS closed all those schools, what's the district going to do with the extra space? Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 5:06 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Flies to New York for Summit on Income Inequality

Emanuel Flies to New York for Summit on Income Inequality

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in New York City on Monday to attend a summit of American mayors, led by Michael Bloomberg's new-ish successor Bill De Blasio. The event marked the first gathering of the newly... Read »

Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Education Adviser Resigns Amid City Hall Exodus

Emanuel Education Adviser Resigns Amid City Hall Exodus

Beth Swanson -- a top-ranked education adviser to Mayor Rahm Emanuel who helped settle the 2012 teachers strike -- has left her cushy gig at City Hall for an apparently cushier VP position at The Joyce... Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM
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By Erin Carlson

A Kinder, Gentler Rahm? Chicago's Mayor Gets Tough on Social Issues

A Kinder, Gentler Rahm? Chicago's Mayor Gets Tough on Social Issues

A kinder, gentler Rahm Emanuel has emerged this week, making two grand gestures that show a more compassionate side of the rough-edged Chicago mayor. It is election season, after all. Read »

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 »

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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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