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Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013 at 4:49 PM
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By BJ Lutz
      

Rahm to Guardian Angels: Get Off Mag Mile

His remarks come a day after members of the non-profit volunteer organization distributed flyers along one of the city's prominent shopping districts. The flyers referred to the Magnificent Mile as "Muggers... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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By Michael Tarm

Expert: Chicago School Closings Will Endanger Kids

Expert: Chicago School Closings Will Endanger Kids

Chicago children displaced by public school closings may be forced to step into the line of fire between warring street gangs as they walk to their new schools each day, a gang expert told a U.S. judge who will... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 8:33 AM
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By Anthony Ponce & Christian Farr
      

Court Hearings Resume On Lawsuits Over CPS Closings

The showdown over Chicago Public Schools closings heads to federal court Tuesday as hearings begin on two lawsuits aimed at stopping the closures. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Activists To 'TP' Chicago Public Schools' CEO

Activists To 'TP' Chicago Public Schools' CEO

To protest school cuts, demonstrators outside a Barbara Byrd-Bennett speech will collect toilet paper to stock barren bathrooms. Read »

Sunday, Jun 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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By Associated Press

Chicago to Hire 600 for School Safe-Passage Routes

Chicago to Hire 600 for School Safe-Passage Routes

The city of Chicago, which plans to close dozens of schools this summer to save money, has received 11,000 requests for help getting children to their new schools along safe-passage routes. Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Teachers Blast CPS' 5-Year Blueprint

Teachers Blast CPS' 5-Year Blueprint

Teachers say they weren't included in the planning, calling her education plan one which will "foster mistrust, alienation and lowered expectations." Read »

Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM
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By Lauren Petty & Mary Ann Ahern

CPS Chief Reveals 5-Year Education Plan

CPS Chief Reveals 5-Year Education Plan

While students look a week or two ahead for summer break to start, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools is looking ahead several years to ensure high-quality education. Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 7:58 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Parents Enroll 78 Percent of Displaced Students Early

Parents Enroll 78 Percent of Displaced Students Early

The Chicago Public Schools announced Monday that 78 percent of students from schools closing in a plan to shutter 50 Chicago schools, have enrolled in their new schools early for the next school year. Read »

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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By AP
      

CTU, Parents File New Lawsuit Against School Closures

The Chicago Teachers Union and parents of public school students have filed a new lawsuit challenging some recently approved school closings. Read »

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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By Anthony Ponce

Chicago High School Graduation Rate Rises To 63 Percent

Chicago High School Graduation Rate Rises To 63 Percent

If a school district's graduation rate is an indicator of improvement, then perhaps Chicago Public Schools is succeeding. 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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