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Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Preckwinkle Finds An Issue In School Closings

If Cook County School Board President Toni Preckwinkle decides to run for mayor, she can continue her criticism of Rahm Emanuel on school closings. Read »

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM
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By Christian Farr
      

CTU No Fan of Firefighters on Safe Passage

Officials with the Chicago Teachers Union say a recent order for Chicago firefighters to provide Safe Passage is an admission the city's school closure plan hasn't been well thought out. Read »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools

Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools

The rally was organized by Charter Parents United. Supporters demanded equal funding and an expansion of the number of charter schools in Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM
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By Christian Farr
      

CPS CEO 'Walks the Walk' for Safe Passage

District program aims to provide a safe route for students by stationing monitors in yellow vests who keep an eye out for problems Read »

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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By BJ Lutz

CTU Protests In Loop

Still in shock over a proposal to shutter 54 public schools, hundreds of teachers... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM
      

Massive Protest of School Closures Snakes Through Loop

Still in shock over a proposal to shutter 54 public schools, hundreds of teachers and their supporters gathered in Chicago's Loop on Wednesday in a massive protest, hours-long protest that included more than 100... Read »

Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 4:37 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher
      

Rahm Says Closing Schools is Lesser of Two Evils

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is aware that his new plan will cause anguish and pain for many families and school employees, but he’s confident the plan will positively impact young students in the future, he said in a... Read »

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Commission Chief Defends Recommendation to Close Schools

Commission Chief Defends Recommendation to Close Schools

Frank Clark admits the changes will be difficult but is adamant they're absolutely necessary. Read »

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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By Christian Farr, marcus riley

CTU Prez: School Closure Plan Racist, Classist

CTU Prez: School Closure Plan Racist, Classist

The Chicago Teacher's Union didn't mince words in reacting to the possible closure of 54 Chicago Public Schools. Read »

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 8:33 PM
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By BJ Lutz & Michelle Relerford
      

CPS to Shutter 54 Schools in Closure Plan

District CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Thursday announced which schools would be targeted for closure. 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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