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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 »

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 11:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Cook County president tells Sun-Times that too many schools are marked for closure. 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 »

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM
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By Marcus Riley

School Closings Adversaries Press On

School Closings Adversaries Press On

CPS superintendent visiting schools, CTU plans rally. 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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