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Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Rahm Beats Karen Lewis in Latest Mayoral Poll

Rahm Beats Karen Lewis in Latest Mayoral Poll

Poll shows Rahm beating potential opponent Karen Lewis by 12 points in mayoral race. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Poll Says Karen Lewis Could Be Strong Mayoral Contender

Looks like Mayor Rahm Emanuel may want to take Karen Lewis seriously. Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 7:57 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Karen Lewis Discusses Possible Mayoral Run

Chicago Teacher's Union president expects to make decision by August. Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM
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By Erin Carlson

CTU Boss: "I Have No Shame Around" Weight-Loss Surgery

CTU Boss:

Chicago Teachers Union leader Karen Lewis says she has lost 50 pounds since undergoing weight loss surgery in March. Read »

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise

Chicago Teachers Union Boss Karen Lewis Hints at Pension Compromise

Karen Lewis, Chicago Teachers Union president and scourge of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says she would consider extending an olive branch to City Hall and negotiating a compromise on member pensions. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Cullerton Talks Tough on CTU Pensions. CTU Doesn't Blink.

Cullerton Talks Tough on CTU  Pensions. CTU Doesn't Blink.

In a one-two punch, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has called on Chicago Public School teachers to give up some future benefits to help reform the city’s troubled pension system by warning that if they... Read »

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Board Approves 7 New Charter Schools

The Chicago Board of Education approved proposals for seven proposals for new charter schools Wednesday amid protests from the Chicago Teachers Union and supporters of public schools. Read »

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 13, 2014 at 10:46 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

CTU Seeks to Tip Balance With New Political Org

CTU Seeks to Tip Balance With New Political Org

Union to create organization geared towards building a more concrete political infrastructure, finding candidates and actions around its objectives. 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 »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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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 .