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Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Announces 100 Learning Gardens at Schools

Chicago Announces 100 Learning Gardens at Schools

Chicago officials are announcing that they have installed a total of 100 gardens where students can grow fruit and vegetables at their schools. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Rahm Announces Payton College Prep Expansion

School to receive new $17 million annex. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 5:31 AM
      

Rahm Announces $15 Million Expansion Of Elementary School

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a plan Monday to expand a Northwest Side school plagued by overcrowding. Read »

Monday, Sep 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Rahm, Comcast to Offer Internet Centers Near Some CPS Schools

Rahm, Comcast to Offer Internet Centers Near Some CPS Schools

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Comcast announced Monday that they will provide Internet facilities around some city schools for students in low-income families. Read »

Monday, Sep 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Emanuel Announces Plans to Build New School

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Sunday announced that a new elementary school will be built on the city’s Southeast Side. Read »

Friday, Aug 30, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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By Natalie Martinez, Christian Farr

CPS Passes Budget Amid Protests

CPS Passes Budget Amid Protests

Two similar school fights were happening in Chicago on Wednesday, one on the streets with protestors boycotting recent school closures and the other inside CPS headquarters where board members considered the... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 7:51 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Mayor, Schools Chief Clarify 'Safe Passage'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his schools chief touted the importance of the Safe Passage program again Tuesday, hours after a spray of bullets along one such route in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood that left five... Read »

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 1:57 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Judge Denies Request to Stop School Closures

Judge Denies Request to Stop School Closures

U.S. District Court Judge John Z. Lee said plaintiff's failed to prove the crux of their case: that students with disabilities and African American students would be disproportionately harmed by the closures. Read »

Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 at 12:37 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

New Law Creates 'Bring Your Parents to School Day'

New Law Creates 'Bring Your Parents to School Day'

Gov. Pat Quinn said Saturday he hopes that creating "Bring Your Parents to School Day" will encourage more parents to get involved in their kids' schooling. Read »

Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

CPS Lays Off 200 Lunchroom Employees

CPS Lays Off 200 Lunchroom Employees

Chicago Public Schools announced Friday that 200 cafeteria workers will receive layoff notices, bringing the total CPS employee cuts to more than 3,000. 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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