Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
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 »

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 »

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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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