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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 »

Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 6:53 AM
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By Lauren Petty
      

Brizard Denies Reports He's On His Way Out

As the clock ticks down to a looming Chicago teachers strike, could the man in charge of the schools district be on his way out? CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard says he's not going anywhere, despite a report that he... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

CPS Working Hard to Avoid Strike: Brizard

Will Chicago students have a school to attend in the fall? That's a question on a lot of parents' minds after public school teachers overwhelmingly authorized a strike, and CPS chief Jean-Claude Brizard said... Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

CTU Not Worried About Legal Challenge to Vote

CTU Not Worried About Legal Challenge to Vote

Critics upset that ministers who oversaw ballot counting process have received CTU grant money. Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike

Chicago teachers have "well surpassed" the state-mandated threshold required to authorize a strike, the Chicago Teachers Union said Monday. The vote not only exceeded the 75 percent required by state law, but... Read »

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CTU Has Enough Votes for Strike: Sources

CTU Has Enough Votes for Strike: Sources

Chicago teachers have shown their solidarity in massive numbers. More than 90 percent of teachers have given the OK for a work stoppage, multiple sources told NBC Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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By Lauren Petty & Lisa Balde
      

Religious Leaders Watching CTU Strike Vote

Chicago teachers began casting ballots early Wednesday to decide whether a strike could be in their futures. Teachers say the strike authorization vote is all about leverage as contract negotiations continue and... 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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