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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 »

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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By BJ Lutz

CTU Protests In Loop

Still in shock over a proposal to shutter 54 public schools, hundreds of teachers... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM
      

Massive Protest of School Closures Snakes Through Loop

Still in shock over a proposal to shutter 54 public schools, hundreds of teachers and their supporters gathered in Chicago's Loop on Wednesday in a massive protest, hours-long protest that included more than 100... Read »

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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By Christian Farr, marcus riley

CTU Prez: School Closure Plan Racist, Classist

CTU Prez: School Closure Plan Racist, Classist

The Chicago Teacher's Union didn't mince words in reacting to the possible closure of 54 Chicago Public Schools. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM
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By Edward McClelland

U.S. Teachers Unions Take A Hit

U.S. Teachers Unions Take A Hit

Unionization is at its lowest level since the 1930s, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Teachers' unions lost significant numbers of members last year. Read »

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Signs Bill to Delay School Closures

Quinn Signs Bill to Delay School Closures

Chicago Public Schools now have until March 31 to put compile a list of school closures. Read »

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Schools Chief Offers Five-Year Ban on School Closures

Schools Chief Offers Five-Year Ban on School Closures

The head of the Chicago Public Schools on Monday said she wants a five-year ban on school closings, but not until after the next round of cuts. Read »

Friday, Oct 5, 2012 at 8:54 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

CPS Outlines Plan to Pay for New Teacher Contract

CPS Outlines Plan to Pay for New Teacher Contract

Officials said salary increases will amount to $103 million in the first year of the three-year contract ratified this week by Chicago Teachers Union. Read »

Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 at 9:11 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Kim Vatis
      

CTU's Next Fight: School Closures

"I've still got my boxing gloves," says Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, hours after teachers approve contract deal. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 8:06 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Opinion: Strike Hurts Rahm's National Profile

Opinion: Strike Hurts Rahm's National Profile

"If he had any hope of national office, vice president, president as many believe , that's no longer on the table, you cannot make any enemy of labor, and win national primary elections in the Democratic party."... 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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