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Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Defends Six-Figure Salary

Chicago Teachers Union boss Karen Lewis is defending her six-figure salary and three homes -- one of which is in Hawaii -- as "solidly middle class." 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, Jun 26, 2014 at 3:02 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CPS Announces More Than 1,000 Layoffs

CPS Announces More Than 1,000 Layoffs

Chicago Public Schools is laying off more than 1,000 people, the district announced Thursday. Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM
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By Erin Carlson

CTU Boss: "I Have No Shame Around" Weight-Loss Surgery

CTU Boss:

Chicago Teachers Union leader Karen Lewis says she has lost 50 pounds since undergoing weight loss surgery in March. Read »

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis: Bozo the Clown Could Beat Emanuel in Mayor's Race

Karen Lewis: Bozo the Clown Could Beat Emanuel in Mayor's Race

Should Karen Lewis rule out a run for Mayor of Chicago, she could easily qualify for Heckler-in-Chief. The Chicago Teachers Union firebrand and Rahm Emanuel archnemesis gleefully needled the mayor at a recent... Read »

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise

Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union president and scourge of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says she would consider extending an olive branch to City Hall and negotiating a compromise on member pensions. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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By Michelle Relerford, BJ Lutz

Public Workers Hit Springfield to Fight New Pension Law

Public Workers Hit Springfield to Fight New Pension Law

Dozens of state employees boarded buses in Chicago early Wednesday morning for a trip to Springfield with a message for lawmakers: keep your hands off our pensions. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Unions Seek to Reframe Chicago Pension Debate

Opinion: Unions Seek to Reframe Chicago Pension Debate

It’s an age-old adage: How you frame a political debate goes a long way to determining whether or not you’re likely to win. 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 »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 7:58 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Parents Enroll 78 Percent of Displaced Students Early

Parents Enroll 78 Percent of Displaced Students Early

The Chicago Public Schools announced Monday that 78 percent of students from schools closing in a plan to shutter 50 Chicago schools, have enrolled in their new schools early for the next school year. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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