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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 »

Monday, May 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Rahm's Whitney Young Girls Snub Is So Bad

Why Rahm's Whitney Young Girls Snub Is So Bad

File under "Public Relations Disaster": Both the boys and girls' basketball teams at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School won the state championship this year, but only the guy players scored an invite to City... Read »

Monday, Apr 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Report: Chicago's Top Public Schools Admit More White Students

Report: Chicago's Top Public Schools Admit More White Students

Chicago's top-ranked public high schools have enrolled more white students in the years following a judge's 2009 decision to strike down a desegregation decree, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Emanuel: CPS Students "On Track" to 82 Percent Graduate Rate

Emanuel: CPS Students

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that Chicago Public Schools are on the way to achieving a graduation rate of 82 percent, a 25 percent jump from 2007. Citing research from the University of Chicago... Read »

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM
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By Lisa Balde

CPS To Name New High School For Obama

CPS To Name New High School For Obama

President Barack Obama is getting a namesake high school in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced plans Thursday to build the Barack Obama College Preparatory... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 3:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

17 Things That Will Happen Before Schools Get Air Conditioning

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly has a “cool new plan in the works” to install air conditioning in all Chicago Public Schools by 2019 -- that's right, five years from now. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

First Lady Welcomes CPS Students on College Visit

First Lady Welcomes CPS Students on College Visit

First Lady Michelle Obama and rapper Bow Wow welcomed dozens of Chicago high schoolers to Howard University in Washington Thursday afternoon. Read »

Monday, Mar 31, 2014 at 5:50 AM
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By BJ Lutz

CPS Wants Input on How to Use Vacant Buildings

CPS Wants Input on How to Use Vacant Buildings

A new website contains a list of and information about the properties that were vacated and allows a way for members of the public and community groups to submit their suggestions. Read »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Charter Advocates Want It Both Ways On Empty Schools

Opinion: Charter Advocates Want It Both Ways On Empty Schools

A debate is raging on the West Side of Chicago over whether a recently shuttered Chicago Public School should be used by a private charter school operator who wants to repurpose the building for its own... 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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