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Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Teachers Blast CPS' 5-Year Blueprint

Teachers Blast CPS' 5-Year Blueprint

Teachers say they weren't included in the planning, calling her education plan one which will "foster mistrust, alienation and lowered expectations." Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 8:46 PM
Rahm, Byrd-Bennett Discuss CPS Closings

Rahm, Byrd-Bennett Discuss CPS Closings

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett sit down with Mary Ann Ahern and discuss Wednesday's school closings and CPS plans to incorporate students into their new receiving schools. Watch »

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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By Lauren Petty & Lisa Balde
      

Final Vote Today on Chicago School Closings

Chicago parents, teachers and union members who spent weeks protesting the proposed closure of nearly 50 public schools have vowed to fight until the end, and the end is near. Read »

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 6:14 AM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern
      

Mayor Not Worried About Political Fallout from CPS Closures

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's so sure his plan is the right one that he said not taking the action would have far greater consequences for the students he said would be robbed of a quality education. Read »

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:04 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, BJ Lutz
      

School Closure Opponents Arrested at City Hall

Rally was part of the Chicago Teachers Union's three days of marches and protests demanding a moratorium on school closures. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 9:48 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

CTU's Lewis Wins Second Term

Jesse Sharkey, Michael Brunson and Kristine Mayle were also re-elected to vice-president, recording secretary and financial secretary, respectively. Read »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Preckwinkle Finds An Issue In School Closings

If Cook County School Board President Toni Preckwinkle decides to run for mayor, she can continue her criticism of Rahm Emanuel on school closings. Read »

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM
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By Christian Farr
      

CTU No Fan of Firefighters on Safe Passage

Officials with the Chicago Teachers Union say a recent order for Chicago firefighters to provide Safe Passage is an admission the city's school closure plan hasn't been well thought out. Read »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools

Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools

The rally was organized by Charter Parents United. Supporters demanded equal funding and an expansion of the number of charter schools in Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM
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By Christian Farr
      

CPS CEO 'Walks the Walk' for Safe Passage

District program aims to provide a safe route for students by stationing monitors in yellow vests who keep an eye out for problems 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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