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Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Karen Lewis Slams Rahm's 'Meaningless' Firefighter Jobs Plan in Sun-Times Op-Ed

Karen Lewis Slams Rahm's 'Meaningless' Firefighter Jobs Plan in Sun-Times Op-Ed

Chicago Teachers Union boss and human megaphone Karen Lewis is attacking Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the pages of the Sun-Times, dismissing his new initiative to give CPS grads a leg up in city firefighter jobs as an... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM
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By Erin Carlson

A Year After Closures, CPS Schools Remain Empty (and on the Market)

A Year After Closures, CPS Schools Remain Empty (and on the Market)

Now that CPS closed all those schools, what's the district going to do with the extra space? Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Public Schools OK Controversial $6.8 Billion Budget

Chicago Public Schools OK Controversial $6.8 Billion Budget

As expected, Chicago Public Schools pushed the button on its controversial $6.8 billion budget for 2015 amid criticism over slashing public school money, diverting more dollars into charters and falling back on... Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

CPS Plugs $876 Million Budget Deficit With Controversial 'One-Time' Fix

CPS Plugs $876 Million Budget Deficit With Controversial 'One-Time' Fix

Some old habits die hard. When Chicago Public Schools unveiled its $5.8 million proposed budget for 2015 on Wednesday, the cash-strapped district revealed more of the same: It would plug a huge hole in the... 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 »

Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rahm, Fallon Make New Deal on "Tonight"

Chicago Public School kids have some work to do this summer if Jimmy Fallon is going to bring "The Tonight Show" to our city. Read »

Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 5:59 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois House Orders $50 Million for Chicago Teacher Pensions

Illinois House Orders $50 Million for Chicago Teacher Pensions

Under tight deadline, Illinois lawmakers voted to set aside $50 million for Chicago teacher pensions in the rush to get things done before the Capitol closes shop for the summer. Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rahm Emanuel: 'Thank God the Election Is Not Today'

Rahm Emanuel: 'Thank God the Election Is Not Today'

While City Hall bristles internally from Rahm Emanuel's snowball effect of bad press, Chicago's Mayor is projecting a toned-down self-awareness in public. Read »

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:15 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel Advisor Apologizes for 'Inappropriate' Email to the Tribune

Emanuel Advisor Apologizes for 'Inappropriate' Email to the Tribune

The thing about emails is that they live forever -- and can come back to bite you in the rear. Such was the case Wednesday when John Kupper, a top advisor to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, fired off a message to Chicago... Read »

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CPS Principal Speaks Out Against Emanuel Administration

Some Chicago Public School principals say they are living in fear of retribution from City Hall for publicly voicing their opinions. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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