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Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 6:53 AM
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By BJ Lutz

CTU Leads Overnight Protest Against Charter Schools

CTU Leads Overnight Protest Against Charter Schools

The Chicago Teachers Union led the overnight vigil to protest charter school expansion ahead of a school board vote on 17 charter school proposals. Read »

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: CPS Blinks in the Face of CTU

Opinion: CPS Blinks in the Face of CTU

Today, many in Chicago are thankful CTU took a stand. Read »

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

CTU Questions Initial Decision to Keep CPS Schools Open

The Chicago Teachers Union wasn't happy that Chicago Public Schools officials initially said classes would be held Monday. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

CPS Plans to Relocate HQ: Report

CPS Plans to Relocate HQ: Report

The action comes just months after officials in the nation's third-largest school district shuttered dozens of schools in what they said was a cost-cutting move due to under-utilization. Read »

Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

CTU’s Lewis, Republican Rauner Tangle on Twitter

CTU’s Lewis, Republican Rauner Tangle on Twitter

Long-running animosity between CTU president and candidate raised its head once again, this time on Twitter. Read »

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 »

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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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