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Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
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 »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rahm: The Democrats' Scott Walker

Rahm: The Democrats' Scott Walker

"He doesn’t want to stop collective bargaining, but he certainly wants to limit it," political consultant Don Rose said Thursday. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Mayor Mulls Legal Action to End Strike

Mayor Mulls Legal Action to End Strike

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been saying for days that Chicago's teacher strike was one of choice; a choice with which he obviously disagrees. Read »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM
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By BJ Lutz

VP Pick Ryan Supports Rahm in Teacher Strike

VP Pick Ryan Supports Rahm in Teacher Strike

Vice presidential candidate: "We know that Rahm is not going to support our campaign, but on this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel." Read »

Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 2:54 PM
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By Lisa Balde & Mary Ann Ahern

"Finish It For Our Children:" Emanuel

As Chicago Public School teachers took to picket lines Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged them to continue contract negotiations and get kids back in class. "Stay at the table," Emanuel implored during a visit to... Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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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 .