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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 »

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 »

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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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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 .