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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 »

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 »

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 »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM
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By mary ann ahern, marcus riley
      

Mayor, CPS Chief Discuss Next Steps In Closings Plan

Rahm Emanuel and Barbara Byrd-Bennett push forward with school closings plan. Read »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 8:47 PM
Are CPS Welcoming Schools Better Than The Closed Ones?

Are CPS Welcoming Schools Better Than The Closed Ones?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS chief Barbara Bennett-Byrd lay out what they look for in evaluating the quality of the schools that are accepting new students under the closings plan. Watch »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM
Welcoming CPS Schools Working On Transition

Welcoming CPS Schools Working On Transition

Brennaman Elementary principal Sarah Abedelal discusses what her welcoming school is doing to prepare for the new students next school year. Watch »

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM
Rahm Not Worried About CPS Closings Political Hit

Rahm Not Worried About CPS Closings Political Hit

Mayor says he knew it would be an unpopular decision, but will forge ahead to do what he feels is right. Watch »

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Preckwinkle Criticizes Rahm On CPS Closures

Cook County president tells Sun-Times that too many schools are marked for closure. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM
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By Marcus Riley

School Closings Adversaries Press On

School Closings Adversaries Press On

CPS superintendent visiting schools, CTU plans rally. Read »

Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 at 7:25 AM
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By Lauren Petty

CEO 'Won't Accept' Claims School Closings Are Racist

CEO 'Won't Accept' Claims School Closings Are Racist

The battle to save 54 Chicago public schools from closure is still very much underway, and union members and parents are bringing the fight to the school board's doorstep. 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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